ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The state has begun the long process of repairing flood-damaged roads in northwest Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that work has begun on major highways, including U.S. 136 in Atchison County and U.S. 59 in Buchanan County.

Many highways and other roads in the region have been closed for months because of flooding. The department says 18 main roads, including U.S 159 and Missouri 111, are still covered with water.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports bids on emergency contracts for Highway 59 will be opened Sept. 15. An expedited contract will be put up later for Highway 136.

Interstate 29 will remained closed because bridges over the interstate in Iowa are still heavily damaged.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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