Missouri Awarded $81M Grant To Replace Rocheport Bridge

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is getting an $81 million federal grant to help pay to replace a major bridge on Interstate 70 near Columbia.

Congressional Republicans from Missouri announced the grant for the Rocheport Bridge on Monday.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office says the money will allow the state to build a new bridge just south of the current bridge. The current bridge will continue to be used during construction, meaning there will be few impacts to traffic.

Construction is expected to start in 2021. It’s estimated to cost about $240 million.

The federal grant will also kick in another roughly $300 million in state bonding to pay for repairs to 215 bridges across Missouri. That’s part of a deal reached by lawmakers this year to pay for infrastructure improvements that Parson requested.

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Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst made the following statement regarding the announcement that Missouri has been awarded an $81.2 million INFRA grant to replace the I-70 bridge at Rocheport:

“I-70 is critical to shipping Missouri’s agricultural goods to buyers around the world. This vital corridor is badly in need of repair. The new Rocheport bridge will help Missouri continue to thrive as the center of our nation’s transportation network. Missouri’s receipt of this grant will also trigger $301 in state bonding to fix over 200 bridges across the state that are in disrepair.

“Governor Mike Parson, Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman Sam Graves provided outstanding leadership in working to obtain this grant. Our entire Congressional delegation and many other leaders in Missouri also played a crucial role in this successful team effort.”