State transportation director Patrick McKenna speaks at a 2019 bridge press briefing, as Missouri Governor Mike Parson listens (October 30, 2019 file photo courtesy of the governor's Flickr page)

Atwill: Tuesday groundbreaking set for massive I-70 Rocheport bridge project

State transportation director Patrick McKenna speaks at a 2019 bridge press briefing, as Missouri Governor Mike Parson listens (October 30, 2019 file photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page)

Boone County’s presiding commissioner says a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for the $240-million I-70 Rocheport bridge project. The ceremony is set for 11 am at Les Bourgeois winery.

Missouri has received an $81-million federal grant to replace the deteriorating bridge, which was built in 1960. The state Department of Transportation (MoDOT) says more than 12 million vehicles cross that bridge annually, including three million trucks.

Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm organization, praises the federal grant, saying the new bridge is critical in shipping Missouri’s agricultural goods to buyers across the world.

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill notes Columbia and Boone County have both contributed $2 million to the project. Atwill tells 939 the Eagle that the local funding was crucial to receiving the grant.

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