Gov. Mike Parson is celebrating the completion of his Focus on Bridges program, which sought to repair or replace 250 of the state’s poorest bridges. He told Missourinet that infrastructure has been a top priority of his since becoming governor.

“Most of those bridges were in rural Missouri, but it also freed up that much money to do major projects when you look at the Buck O’Neil Bridge in Kansas City, the Rocheport Bridge in Columbia, and the I-270 up in the St. Louis region,” he said. “It freed up a lot of money to finish up a lot of the other projects.”

He received a lot of input from farmers and ranchers.

“That was a big part of it,” Parson said. “As a matter of fact, one of the last ones we did was in southeast Missouri. I mean, when you’re talking that bridge was out, you’re talking about a 30-mile detour around that bridge where they don’t have as many other opportunities to be able to utilize that.”

On average, the bridges are 49 years old, and most of them were designed to last 50 years.

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