The Transportation for America report calling Missouri bridges the seventh worst in nation is much ado about nothing, according to MoDOT engineers.
- Joe Scott
Friday, November 18, 2011
A recent study ranked Missouri seventh worst in the United States for the overall condition of its bridges. But there’s no need to hold your breath while crossing bridges in the St. Louis region or throughout the state, said Mark Croarkin, a bridge maintenance engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation. “They included two categories in that list, bridges that are structurally deficient and bridges that are functionally obsolete,” Croarkin said. “There’s not necessarily any problems with bridges that are functionally obsolete.” Bridges by the numbers In the St. Louis region, 121 of the 180 bridges (see list in photo section) on the Transportation for America list were functionally obsolete, not structurally deficient. A list of …
East-West Gateway board is schedule to vote on funding June 29.
Funding to replace the Daniel Boone Bridge on Interstate 64 and Highway 40 over the Missouri River likely will be approved for final funding next month, according to an East-West Gateway Council of Governments official. “That project is in our Transportation Improvement Plan funding and MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) has included it in their Transportation Improvement Plan,” said Jim Wild, senior manager for planning and programming at East-West Gateway. However, the funding still would have to be approved by the East-West Gateway Board of Directors, Wild said. The bridge funding will be on the board’s June 29 agenda. The new bridge would cost about $123.3 million, including $98.6 million in federal funds and $24.6 million …
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