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The Missouri Department of Transportation is offering to hand over a historic bridge for free.

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Missouri transportation officials say hundreds of bridges across Missouri need repairs or replacing, but the state agency that oversees bridges doesn't have the money for the work.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it's still paying off debt it assumed for bridge work a few years ago and new funding sources are needed to make the necessary repairs and replacements.

In the meantime, some bridges around Missouri have to be closed rather than risk carrying traffic.

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Fifty bridges were added to the list of bridges in critical condition across Missouri this year.

Missouri's transportation director says a lane closure on an Interstate 70 bridge is one symptom of problems arising from a funding shortfall.

MoDOT plans bridge replacements

Sep 12, 2014

MoDOT is spending 115,000 dollars to aerial map Interstate 70 in Columbia to collect data for a bridge project. Central District Design Engineer Natalie Roark says the money for the project is designated in its budget.

“The money for performing the work has been identified in the statewide transportation improvement plan for completing the preliminary design work on the project, so it’s both federal and state transportation dollars,” Roark said.

New Hurricane Deck Bridge open in Sunrise Beach

Sep 9, 2013
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The new Hurricane Deck Bridge serving Lake of the Ozark in Sunrise Beach is open to traffic.

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Collapsed bridge was not structurally deficient

May 25, 2013
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The bridge that collapsed in Scott County, Missouri was not structurally deficient, said district engineer Mark Shelton in an interview on Saturday.

"The bridge was in good condition," said Shelton. "It was certainly not in danger of any kind of failure."

MoDOT to complete bridge campaign ahead of schedule

Oct 26, 2012
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The largest bridge rebuilding program in Missouri’s history will soon be finished more than a year ahead of schedule.