TUSCUMBIA, Mo — The mid-Missouri bridge that was the nation's first construction project begun with federal stimulus funds has started carrying vehicles over the Osage River.
Missouri officials opened the bridge in Tuscumbia on Monday with a parade of vehicles to demonstrate its importance to the rural community about 30 miles southwest of Jefferson City.
Crews began work on the bridge on Feb. 17, 2009, just minutes after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package into law.
The new bridge replaces one that was nearly 80 years old. The new span is a little shorter but wider, with two 11-foot lanes and 3-foot shoulders.