President Obama recently called for
billions to be spent on infrastructure in the
"We do inspections on them at least every other year," says MoDOT District Engineer Becky Baltz. "Some of them are more frequent."
Whether you're driving over them or
under them, thousands of cars travel on
"Even though we have a lot of bridges and some are deteriorating, they're all safe structures," Baltz says. "If they weren't, we would close the bridge."
MoDOT recently completed its Safe and Sound bridge program in which 804 bridges were replaced or rehabilitated.
"On some of them, we had to replace the entire structure," Baltz adds. "On other bridges, we had to replace the deck or driving surface essentially of the bridge. We have a big system with lots of bridges, so it's a struggle for us at our funding levels."
Baltz says MoDOT's construction program is declining to about $700 million a year. A few years ago it was closer to $1.2 or $1.4 billion.
"So it has changed the way we are approaching projects," adds Baltz.
"It doesn't mean the bridge is
in danger of falling down," says David Goldberg, Transportation for
"We keep up on maintenance very regularly," Baltz says. "We make sure the bridges are safe for people to travel on them."
MoDOT handles around 10,000 bridges across the state.
at Battlefield and Highway 65 in