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Blunt Commends DOT for Investing Nearly $29 Million to Modernize MacArthur Bridge

June 11, 2019

WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) commended the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding a nearly $29 million grant to replace the MacArthur Bridge’s main span girders. Funding for the Consolidated Railroad Safety and Infrastructure Grant was included in the Blunt-backed fiscal year 2018 government funding bill.

“The MacArthur Bridge carries thousands of passengers and millions of tons of freight every year, making it a central part of our nation’s infrastructure network,” said Blunt. “Replacing the main span girders will increase the bridge’s safety and reliability, and extend its life for decades to come. I appreciate the Department of Transportation for investing additional resources toward the completion of this project, which will put our state in an even better position to take advantage of the great economic opportunities that lie ahead.”

Replacing the century-old girder system will improve the safety and reliability of the bridge, and bring it up to current rail standards. Earlier this year, Blunt announced that DOT will award a $7.17 million grant to replace the MacArthur Bridge truss over Broadway Street in St. Louis. According to the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis, the two projects will extend the life of the bridge to approximately 2085.

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