Missouri Bridges To Be Inspected
Missouri has more than 10,000 bridges in its state highway system. Officials have identified one that is a deck arch truss bridge, the type that collapsed in Minnesota. That bridge carries traffic on Route 5 that spans the Osage Arm at Lake of the Ozarks. The bridge was built in the 1930s. Missouri has another ten that are deck truss bridges with no arch at the bottom. Of the bridges in Missouri's state highway system, 1,600 are deemed "structurally deficient." Another 1,200 are "functionally obsolete."
Gov. Blunt says debris from the bridge collapse in Minnesota will not endanger the lower Mississippi River or Missouri shores. Locks in northern states are expected to collect most of the debris.
The Missouri Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Rep. Neal St. Onge, urged Gov. Blunt to add the Missouri 800 bridge repair program to a special legislative session next month. St. Onge says the program is stalled because of bonding requirements. He also says if the program is not addressed next month, it will be another year before contracts can resume.
Watch KOMU News at Five and Six to find out more about what Missouri is doing to ensure bridge safety. Click on the related links in the KOMU Story Toolbox to learn more about the nation's bridge inspection standards and details on Missouri's 800 Bridges initiative.
Some of this information was gathered from Associated Press reports.