March 20, 2019, view of I-29 at mile marker 104 in Missouri. Missouri DOT photo.
By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
The U.S. Department of Transportation May 3 made available $2 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help repair roads damaged by widespread flooding throughout Missouri. The funds were requested by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
March flooding hit northwest and southeast Missouri the hardest, particularly along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, prompting 215 road closures in 55 counties, including US-36, US-136, US-59, US-159, and I-29 between Kansas City and the Iowa state line. As of late April, 46 roads remained closed. State officials estimate widespread road repairs are needed, including the replacement of a bridge and several bridge approaches.
Missouri DOT estimates flooding caused damages in excess of $10 million. See the agency’s website for current flooding information.