Missouri has 10,384 bridges – the sixth most in the nation. More than 900 of those bridges are in poor condition and 1,131 are weight restricted. Four hundred and thirteen bridges fall into both categories.
Gov. Mike Parson has recognized the need for additional funding for infrastructure projects in our state and put forth a proposal to repair or replace hundreds of the state’s worst bridges.
As passed by the 2019 General Assembly and signed by the Governor, $50 million was appropriated from State General Revenue to replace or repair 45 bridges in Fiscal Year 2020. Additionally, the legislation will enable MoDOT to bond $310 million to repair or replace another 215 bridges, should the department be successful in receiving a federal “Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA)” grant to replace the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport.
Not only will this program enable us to fix hundreds of poor bridges throughout the state, it will also enable us to deliver additional high-priority transportation projects statewide using the funding already dedicated to these bridges in our current construction program and for which our nationally recognized local planning process will be used.