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State bars trucks from mid-Missouri bridge

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The bridge is already slated for replacement in 2010

By AP/KWMU

Tuscumbia, Mo. – Missouri highway officials have barred large trucks from a mid-Missouri bridge over the Osage River, after an inspection prompted by the fatal Minnesota bridge collapse revealed a badly deteriorating steel beam.

The Missouri 17 bridge near Tuscumbia originally was built in 1932. It's part of the route for the upcoming Tour of Missouri bicycle race, which starts Sept. 11 in Kansas City and is scheduled to pass over the bridge Sept. 14.

MO-DOT has restricted traffic on the bridge to vehicles of less than 24,000 pounds. Repairs are to start Monday.

The entire 1,000-foot bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2010 at a cost of $9.4 million.

The action by MO-DOT comes a day after Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law a bill that will help speed up repairs on more than 800 bridges across the state.

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