MoDOT seeks input on environmental study of I-70 bridge replacement

The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking public comments as part of its reevaluation process on a 2005 environmental assessment of the Interstate 70 bridge near Rocheport.

Comments will be accepted by email to, via phone calls to the department or through social media. The deadline for comments is Oct. 16, according to a news release.

The I-70 bridge was built in 1960 and was last rehabilitated in 1994. It is in dire need of replacement, according to previous Missourian reporting.

MoDOT initially proposed a $18 million rehabilitation plan earlier this year after voters rejected a higher fuel tax that could have been used as funding for a new bridge last general election. It terminated the plan after getting a federal grant of $81.2 million in July to help replace the bridge. Local governments, including Columbia, Boonville and Boone and Cooper counties, also collectively committed $4.2 million to the project.

MoDOT expects to wrap up the reevaluation process in February 2020 and start construction in 2021.

—Tran Nguyen

  • Education reporter, fall 2019. Graduate student. Reach me at or in the newsroom at 882-5700

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