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July 08, 2016 09:14 AM
Replacements of U.S. 61 Cuivre River Bridges and Lincoln County Route H Funded
Five-Year Transportation Program Focuses on Safety, System Preservation

HANNIBAL –Within the next few years, drivers will be enjoying several new bridges in the Lincoln and Warren County area, as well as throughout northeast Missouri.  The two bridges on U.S. 61 north of Troy over the Cuivre River will be replaced, as will the Route H bridge in Lincoln County.  The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or “STIP,” at its meeting Thursday, July 7, in St. Louis.  The Route H bridge will be replaced next year, while the Cuivre River bridges will be replaced in 2019.

“Focusing on safety and preservation of our system, we have nearly 300 miles of resurfacing planned on our major roads and several intersection improvements,” said MoDOT Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough.  A full list of the projects approved is available online at http://bit.ly/29rVV52.

The MO 47 bridge at Washington is now under contract for construction, with a groundbreaking ceremony set for next month. The Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River on U.S. 54 at Louisiana is also funded for replacement in the STIP, as well as repair or replacement for 50 other bridges throughout northeast Missouri.

Although it’s a larger program than those approved the last two years, it still does not enable MoDOT to tackle high-priority needs like the reconstruction and expansion of Interstate 70, the investment in expansion projects that increase economic growth, create jobs and reduce congestion, or to stabilize its level of services and to improve the condition of its bridges and minor roads.

“We have a long-term insufficient funding challenge if Missourians want more from their state’s transportation system,” Gough said.

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