MoDot begins work on bridge bond projects

Governor Parson was scheduled to talk on Wednesday in Rocheport about why Missouri is one of the busiest builders in the nation right now.

Work has started on bridge repairs, thanks to the $350 million in bonds lawmakers approved this year.

MoDot’s Patrick McKenna tells Missourinet that it’s a good start, but more cash is needed.

“It really does require us to be very careful in what we select and how we go about it,” McKenna said. “I think we’re doing that reasonably, but it’s not addressing all the needs.”

McKenna says more than 45 bridges will be under contract before the year is done, awarding about $50 million of the work funded through the bond plan.

After the state announced its bridge bond plan, the federal government announced a grant toward a replacement I-70 bridge at Rocheport. That will take a couple years.

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