Major bridge on I-70 under inspection

POSTED: 07:18 AM CST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 07:12 PM CDT Sep 23, 2013 
Missouri Department of Transportation inspecting Rocheport bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation is inspecting the Missouri River bridge on Interstate 70 near Rocheport this week.

One lane will be closed from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday on the westbound bridge. On Wednesday, crews are inspecting the bridge eastbound from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

These inspections happen at least every two years.

Inspectors told ABC 17 News that the Rocheport bridge is a 6, on a rating scale of 1- 9, with 9 being a brand-new bridge.

MoDOT recently wrapped up Safe & Sound Bridge Program, a three-year project to fix more than 800 bridges.

Since then, bridges have improved, but according to a new study, Missouri still ranks high for bridges being structurally deficient. This means they need significant repairs or replacements.

MoDOT tells ABC 17 that even with a bridge being structurally deficient, they still are safe. If they weren't they'd be shut down.

Inspections like the one on the Rocheport bridge this week ensure all bridges are safe.