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Lincoln Co. residents concerned new limits on bridge put them in danger

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TROY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Many Lincoln County residents believe new weight restrictions on bridge over the Cuivre River puts them in danger because emergency vehicles can no longer drive over the overpass.

MoDOT said it put a weight restriction on the Route H bridge just north of Troy because it is deteriorating. It was built in 1953 with a 50 year life expectancy, and neighbors said its condition has been poor for many years. MoDOT said vehicles such as buses, fire trucks, and ambulances can no longer use it.

Nearby resident Barb Ellis said it may take emergency vehicles 30 minutes to get to a destination compared to five or 10 minutes. She also said her children, who attend school in Troy, could see their 1.5 hour bus ride increase in times.

Another residents said the problems with the bridge are easy to see.

“Have you seen it? It's just one patch job after another,” said Nancy Rosseau.

MoDOT said the bridge carries 1700 vehicles a day.

“It's heavily trafficked, there are people on there from early morning throughout the whole day and evening,” said Erik Maninga with MoDOT. “We have 2,000 bridges in the state that need to be replaced and that's at a cost of $5 billion. This is one of those 2,000 bridges.”

According to MoDOT,a new bridge would cost $1.2 million, but the agency said it is short on funds. MoDOT said building a new bridge would take 3 years if the necessary funds were available.

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