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Effort underway for new Mississippi River bridge -- in SE Missouri

The U.S. 60 bridge at Cairo, Ill.


Jefferson City, MO – St. Louis isn't the only point along the Mississippi River where local leaders are trying to build a new bridge across the waterway.

A bridge summit was held Tuesday night in Sikeston, where there was talk of a new crossing into Kentucky.

Critics at the meeting complained about two existing crossings, which they contend are both old, narrow and outdated. One trucker calls the U.S. 60 bridge the worst he's ever crossed.

The two bridges carry traffic over two parts of where the river bends (crossings in question are in yellow)

Both bridges carry Missouri traffic into southern Illinois at Cairo, then into Kentucky, at a point where the three states come together.

Transportation officials say the bridges are narrow but structurally sound.

In addition to safety, a representative of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau says a new bridge would improve business and commerce in the region.

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