Missouri bridges in good shape

| Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Missouri’s major river bridges are in good shape, the state’s road agency reported earlier this month.

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced June 13 that it had completed inspections of all state-owned bridges over the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in the state.

No major problems were found.

The inspections were started earlier this year after significant damage was found on the Blanchette Bridge in St. Louis and the Paseo Bridge in Kansas City, both of which carry major interstates. The Paseo Bridge, a suspension structure, was closed for days as state workers repaired the span.

The state contains 55 spans over the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, which MoDOT says is the most major river bridges of any state in the nation. The agency inspected 36 bridges it maintains, and worked with neighboring states on 13 bridges they maintain. The remaining bridges are either under construction or closed.

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