Graves Visits FARM Bridge Program Project Sites

Press Release

Date: May 5, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Infrastructure

Earlier this week, Congressman Sam Graves, joined by Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director Patrick McKenna and Missouri Highways and Transportation Commissioners John Briscoe, Gregg Smith, Tom Waters, Terry Ecker, and Dustin Boatright, toured two bridge sites on Lewis County Highway E--one under construction over Sugar Creek and another set to begin construction in July over Derrahs Branch. Both bridges are being replaced as part of MoDOT's Fixing Access to Rural Missouri (FARM) Bridge Program.

"Getting these one-lane bridges replaced is a huge step forward for rural North Missouri," Rep. Sam Graves said. "Ever since I can remember, folks have been talking about how we all get the short end of the stick when it comes to road and bridge funding in rural Missouri. Now, we've got some great allies in Governor Mike Parson and over at MoDOT that have made it a real priority to invest in our roads and bridges in rural Missouri. I'm grateful for their partnership in securing this federal funding for these bridges and look forward to Governor Parson's $100 million investment in low-volume roads making an even greater impact on our rural infrastructure."

Work on MoDOT's Farm Bridge Program began late last year after Congressman Graves secured a $20.8 million federal Competitive Highway Bridge Program grant matched by $5.2 million from MoDOT in 2019. The program is slated to replace a total of 31 bridges in rural Missouri--30 of which are located in Missouri's 6th Congressional District. So far, work has been completed on 3 of the bridges, work is underway on 7 more, and all bridges are expected to be complete by September 2023.