Parson proposal to focus on repair, replacement of 250 MO bridges

Parson proposal to focus on repair, replacement of 250 MO bridges
Governor Mike Parson plans to visit 5 of the 250 bridges scheduled for immediate repair or replacement (Source: KSLA)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is leading an effort to repair and replace hundreds of bridges in the state.

Parson visited bridges in Kansas City and Hannibal pm Wednesday, Feb. 13 as part of his “Focus on Bridges” proposal.

According to the governor’s office, the Show Me State has 922 bridges in poor condition.

Parson’s proposal would accelerate the repair or replacement of 250 of those bridges freeing up funding for additional transportation projects across the entire state.

The proposal would enable the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Office of Administration to enter a financing agreement to fund 250 bridge projects. These bridges that are already programmed for repair or replacement in the state’s current five-year construction program.

The proposal is set up to supplement existing transportation revenue with general revenue to pay off the debt.

The resolution also calls for the bond proceeds to be deposited into the State Road Fund, meaning the funds will be constitutionally protected and regularly audited to ensure they are only used for state road and bridge projects.

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