Department of Transportation said Wednesday it would inspect
57 river crossings statewide over the next three months.
was prompted by a series of bridge closings due to structural
problems and cracks.
is our ultimate concern, and motorists can rest assured that
every bridge open on the state system is safe for travel,” MoDOT
Director Henry Hungerbeeler said in a statement.
Kansas City Star reported Feb. 5 that the state had
closed the Missouri Highway 92 overpass over state Highway
45 north of Kansas City, and had cut two lanes of traffic
on the eastbound side of the Blanchette Bridge, a structure
across the state in the St. Louis area that carries I-70
over the Missouri River.
found cracks in both bridges.
in several metal plates had earlier closed the suspension-style
Paseo Bridge, which carries nearly 100,000 vehicles a day
on I-35, I-29 and U.S. 71 over the Missouri River north of
downtown Kansas City, MO. That bridge has since reopened.
in the Paseo Bridge raised one side of the structure 9 inches
above the adjoining pavement at the expansion joint. After
the first damaged plate was discovered, others were found
by bridge inspectors and workers, local media outlets reported.
Local television reports attributed the damage to the 50-year-old
structure to a combination of cold weather and the corrosive
effects of pigeon droppings.
the latest bridge closings are expected to last a couple
of weeks, The Star reported.
has, in recent years, developed a reputation for bridge problems.
However, MoDOT said the state’s 57 major river crossings
are the most of any state. The department maintains 36 of
those major river bridges, and conducts about 8,500 bridge
inspections a year on the state’s total number of 10,000