Focus on Bridges

Missouri has 10,424 bridges – the sixth most in the nation. More than 800 of those bridges are in poor condition and over 900 are weight restricted.

Gov. Mike Parson recognized the need for additional funding for infrastructure projects in our state and in January 2019 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. In July, MoDOT received an $81.2 million INFRA Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will facilitate the construction of a new I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport and I-70 climbing lanes at Mineola Hill in Montgomery County - two significant improvements to the I-70 freight corridor.

The grant will also trigger a $301 million bonding program, authorized by the legislature in the 2019 session and to be repaid over seven years from State General Revenue, that will repair or replace an additional 215 bridges across the state - freeing up $301 million from the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for new transportation improvement projects

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.

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Focus on Bridges

Here is a link to the bridges that will be delivered under the Governor’s “Focus on Bridges” program.

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