State transportation director wants bonds to finance new I-70 bridge

The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to issue bonds to finance construction of a new Interstate 70 bridge to cross the Missouri River near Rocheport. He said Tuesday that the plan would reduce major traffic delays along Missouri’s largest cross-state thoroughfare.

MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna said the 58-year-old bridge is currently scheduled for rehabilitation. But that could cause delays along I-70 ranging from three to eight hours, McKenna said.

Instead, he proposes issuing bonds to raise funds for a new bridge, which he projects to cost about $200 million.

That bridge replacement plan was one of numerous recommendations in a report the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force submitted to lawmakers in January.

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