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The Route J bridge over Grassy Creek in Lewis County is one of 40 rural bridges in northern Missouri that will be replaced over the next five years thanks to a $21 million federal grant.
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Missouri has received another $21 million in federal funding to repair the state’s bridges.

Missouri was one of just 25 states eligible for the grants, which come from the Competitive Highway Bridge Program. The money will allow the Missouri Department of Transportation to replace 40 bridges on state highways north of Interstate 70.

Eastbound Poplar Street Bridge Lane To Be Closed Later This Month For Roadwork

Jul 8, 2019
Work on the eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge between July 15-29 will cause traffic backups. July 8, 2019
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Drivers who use the Poplar Street Bridge to go from St. Louis to East St. Louis may want to find another way beginning next week as two eastbound lanes will be closed for two weeks in July for roadwork.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Monday that the eastbound exit ramp from Interstate 55/64 to southbound Illinois 3 will be closed as workers repair the surface of the ramp. The work begins early morning on July 15 and will last until July 29. A marked detour utilizing Barack Obama Avenue will be in place during the closure period.

Members of the Missouri House throw paper in the air on May 17, 2019, to celebrate the end of the legislative session.
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Missouri lawmakers sent legislation banning abortion after eight weeks to Gov. Mike Parson, the culmination of an emotional and contentious week that ended with many of the GOP governor’s priorities accomplished.

And while legislators Friday also finished a bridge-repair bonding plan and proposal to institute term limits for statewide officials, they fell short on overhauling the state low-income housing tax-credit program and another measure undoing a new state legislative redistricting system.

Members of the senate walk onto the floor of the House chambers ahead of this year's State of the State address.
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After a week that featured titanic battles over high-profile legislation, Missouri lawmakers are heading into the final day with a lot on their plate.

The unfinished business set for Friday includes final passage of abortion legislation that’s made national headlines, as well as a bill to overhaul the low-income housing tax-credit program.

Missouri lawmakers are trying to come up with a plan to fix Missouri's bridges.
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Updated on Thursday, April 11 at 3 p.m. with information about the new bonding plan passing:

Missouri lawmakers are close to accepting a plan that would finance the repair of the state's bridges.

The Senate approved a proposal that would have the state issue $300 million in bonds for bridge repair if Missouri receives matching federal funds. It would also spend $50 million directly on bridge projects.

Missouri S&T's Mark Bookout stands near one of the drones being tested to help inspect and repair bridges.
Jonathan Ahl | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri University of Science and Technology could be part of the solution to the state’s bridge-maintenance problem.

The state is behind on its maintenance and is working with Missouri S&T on robots to make it easier to inspect and repair bridges.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is suspending construction of the eastbound bridge on Interstate 44 at Shrewsbury on Nov. 13, 2018. Inspectors found cracks in westbound bridge, which was finished a year ago.
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Residents in the Shrewsbury area will have to wait a bit longer for their ramp on Interstate 44 to reopen.

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it has suspended construction on the eastbound bridge of I-44 over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad by Shrewsbury.

The halt comes after inspectors found a "greater-than-normal" amount of cracking on the westbound bridge on I-44 that just wrapped up construction last year.

A drone flies near a bridge
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Missouri could soon send flying drones to the state's bridges, using them to doing difficult and dangerous work long done by workers.

About 56,000 bridges in the United States require major repairs, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Missouri ranks No. 4 in the country for its number of structurally deficient bridges. 

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Missouri's transportation system appears to have taken one step forward and one step back in the aftermath of this year's legislative session. It didn't get any increase in the fuel tax, but a cost-sharing program was revived.

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Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

Even with Congress backing a $305 billion transportation bill, Missouri could lose out if state lawmakers don’t find matching funds to maximize the opportunity being presented in the five-year bill — a first since 2005.

Found to be in critical shape, MoDOT closed the I-44 Outer Road bridge over the Gasconade River in Laclede County back in December due to deterioration.
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Thirty-eight bridges in the greater St. Louis area are just "a step or two from being closed" due to deterioration, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

They are among the nearly 600 bridges statewide that officials say are currently rated in poor to serious condition, but aren't funded in the state's five-year plan for improvements. 

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Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett says he'll sign a bill that would rename a bridge in the southwest part of the state for Stan Musial.

The bridge carries State  Route 1077 over the Monongahela River between Monessen and Musial's hometown of Donora, all about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

The measure's sponsor says the bridge will "serve as a permanent reminder that, despite humble beginnings, hard work can lead to great accomplishments."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 26, 2011 - No one knows better than Missourians about the importance of physical infrastructure to the economic health and well-being of a state. We are centrally located in nearly the exact middle of the country. The state is within 600 miles of over half the manufacturing plants in the United States. However, Missouri, just like the rest of the country, is suffering from years of infrastructure neglect and severe underinvestment.

Grand Blvd. bridge now closed for renovation

Mar 14, 2011

The Grand Boulevard Bridge in Midtown St. Louis is now closed for a planned 15- month renovation.

As part of the major construction project, the 52-year-old bridge will be completely removed and replaced. The new bridge will have wider sidewalks and a dedicated bike lane.

Rich Bradley, chief engineer for the city of St. Louis, says the main detours are Compton, Vandeventer and Jefferson.

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Improved traffic flow and safer conditions for pedestrians who use the Grand Blvd. bridge are two of the benefits of the 15-month closure that will start at 5am on Monday, March 14th.

The 52-year-old crossing is structurally deficient, and in danger of being closed permanently, says the city's chief engineer, Rich Bradley.

Barge collides with MLK Bridge in St. Louis

Nov 29, 2010
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If you heard that a barge hit the Martin Luther King bridge, it's true, but don't worry about adjusting your commute to avoid this part of the mighty Mississippi.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 4, 2009 - Reacting to the deaths of six people in four separate crashes in a one-month period, the Illinois state police are beefing up patrols on the McKinley and Martin Luther King bridges in hopes of snagging speeders and drunk drivers.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is also planning to add new speed limit signs and reflective markings to both bridges and a rumble strip to the center of the McKinley Bridge to alert motorists using the bridges.