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Missouri governor continues statewide tour of faltering bridges

from Columbia Daily Tribune

As cars whirled overhead on a cold and windy Thursday afternoon, Gov. Mike Parson walked under the westbound bridge of Interstate 70 over Perche Creek and looked up. Missouri Department of Transportation engineers Missy Wilbers and Mike Schupp pointed at failing expansion joints on the 80-year-old bridge. "When they fail, then moisture and salt and debris falls through on top of concrete, which is causing delamination and cracking," Wilbers told the Tribune after the event. "There's rebar exposed below, so we need to go in and rehab the bridge to prevent any further failures." Parson continued a statewide tour of bridges in need of repair as he stopped in Columbia, Laclede County and near Jefferson City. Earlier in February, Parson stopped in Kansas City, Maryville, Hannibal, Joplin and St. Louis as he hawked a plan to spend $351 million in bonds to fix 250 bridges statewide. more


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