Private funding secured for Bicentennial Bridge
JEFFERSON CITY - Construction can begin on a Bicentennial Bridge linking the Missouri State Capitol Complex to the riverfront at Adrian's Island now because of private funding.
The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce reports that fundraising efforts will continue and public funds previously designated for the project will now be set aside for future maintenance.
The project will connect the City of Jefferson to the waterway, as well as provide pedestrian and bike access to the Missouri River. A transition from the Missouri Veterans Memorial to the island is also included.
Mayor of Jefferson City, Carrie Tergin said this project has been a long time coming.
"It's amazing timing right now in Jefferson City," Tergin said. "There's a lot of revitalization and renovation, so this bicentennial bridge absolutely fits right in with all that's going on at the Capitol and Capitol Avenue."
The proposed bridge will span 830 feet over the rail lines and slope down to meet the elevated ground on the island. The entire bridge is above the 100-year flood elevation. Users should expect unobstructed sights of the Missouri River, the Capitol Complex, and the waterfront.
"Now that we can access our river front, it's going to be amazing. It's something we have desired as a community for many years," Tergin said.
Tergin said she is excited for the progress to start and couldn't be anymore thankful to have support from the private donors for this project.
"We've accepted a major gift and in that gift agreement, it states that we will begin development and seek a developer and select one within seven months. And then construction should take about a year," Tergin said.
Both Tergin and Kelsey Brown with the Chamber of Commerce says the proposed project will be completed before the Missouri Bicentennial in 2021.
If anyone wants to make a donation to the project or take a look at the progress, visit the bridge's website at https://www.bicentennialbridge.org/.