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Blunt Announces $7.1 Million Grant for MacArthur Bridge Truss Replacement

February 06, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a $7.17 million grant to replace the MacArthur Bridge truss over Broadway Street in St. Louis.

“The MacArthur Bridge provides a vital route over the Mississippi for millions of tons of freight each year,” said Blunt. “This grant will not only increase the safety and longevity of the bridge, it will also increase capacity to accommodate even more interstate commerce. That’s great news for our economy and will further enhance our role as a hub for our nation’s railway networks. I appreciate the Department of Transportation making this project a priority and look forward to continuing to work with federal, state and local partners to get it done.”

Blunt sent a letter to Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory in June of last year urging funding for the project.

According to DOT, the current structure is over 100 years old and projected to go out of service within 15 years due to fatigue. The project will replace the west approach truss over South Broadway with deck plate girders and increase the horizontal clearance to 15 feet. The widening of the horizontal clearance will prevent oversized loads from being rerouted over 317 miles and prepare the bridge to accommodate 315,000 railcars in the future.   

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