Missouri Project Would Speed Up Repairs for 800 Bridges

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri lawmakers are poised to approve a massive bridge repair project that could serve as a national roadmap for renovating aging infrastructure.

Missouri plans to quadruple the pace of its bridge repairs by awarding a single 30-year contract to fix and maintain 802 of its worst bridges.

The sheer scope and duration of the project is so unusual that Missouri lawmakers are meeting in a special session to waive conventional contractor requirements.  The House passed the plan overwhelmingly.  The Senate is expected to give its final approval this week.

Missouri highway officials had outlined the plan almost a year before a bridge collapse in Minneapolis killed 13 people and raised nationwide concerns about poor bridges.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)