HANNIBAL, MO — Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited Hannibal, Mo Wednesday to discuss the need to repair or replace hundreds of bridges in critical repair statewide.
"It's one thing to shutdown a lane and a highway, it's one thing to drive around a pot hole," Parson explained. "If we don't fix these bridges and these bridges close and they go down to one lane, that affects the whole community."
The 250 bridges under review will require $350 million in bond money the state is borrowing and plans to repay over 15 years.
Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna said this plan allows projects already scheduled to move on in priority.
"Because these bridges were already funded in our current state-wide transportation improvement plan, these were bridges that were already selected by local regions, it makes more money available to be allocated by the rest of the state, rural Missouri gets speed, urban Missouri gets money in the next round going forward," said McKenna.