Missouri River Bridge at Hermann

New and Old in 2007

New and old Hermann bridges side-by-side (October 2007)

The first Missouri River bridge for Missouri 19 (right) was completed in August 1930. Seventy-seven years later, its replacement (left) went into service in July 2007, with a dedication ceremony on October 12, 2007.

Full completion of the $34 million project is scheduled for December 2007. The bridge is named after longtime senator and former governor Christopher Bond, who also participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the bridge on September 23, 2005.

According to the dedication ceremony's program, the bridge was partially financed by a local transportation corporation with the intent of repaying construction bonds with bridge tolls. However, the transportation corporation subsequently decided to seek federal funding, after a study concluded that a toll bridge would not be feasible for legal and financial reasons. In the end, congressional earmarks paid for 60% of the bridge's cost with the rest paid by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The old bridge is scheduled for demolition, but for a time in 2007, both bridges still existed side-by-side. A small section of the old bridge had already been removed on the south side to allow the new bridge to connect with the intersection with Missouri 100 at Market Street.

More photos of the Missouri River bridge at Hermann (September and October 2007)

Mark Roberts
Oakland, California
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All photographs at this portion of the web site were taken by me, copyright 2007, Mark Roberts, all rights reserved, except for some photos that were taken by a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous.
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