the first phase of the Bridge Study, the location and environmental
study, in the summer of 1998. Project consultants studied local
history and a new bridge's impact on the environment. They also
assessed existing and projected travel patterns in the study area
during this phase. The location of the new bridge was established
to the west of the existing bridge. The final Environmental Impact
Statement was approved in May 2000 by the Federal Highway Administration. More Historic Information
little bit of history: This picture was
taken at the opening ceremony of the current Route
19 Missouri River bridge in 1930.
Pictures courtesy of George W. Johnson
In 1929, 21-year-old George Johnson worked for the J.G. White Co. as a timekeeper while the piers were under construction; he clocked employees in and out. The ground breaking for the new bridge was held in Hermann on September 10, 2005 where the 97 year old Mr. Johnson was a guest as well as Senator Christopher Bond who the new bridge will be named for.