The Union Board of Aldermen voted 7-0 Monday night to write a letter of support for the Highway 47 Missouri River Bridge to use in a grant application.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is preparing an application for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant.

MoDOT is seeking $20 million in grant funds to use toward the overall construction cost of the bridge from Washington to Warren County.

The total cost of the bridge is estimated at $55 million. The deadline to submit applications for this round of grants is June 3.

Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer, said she wanted more than 50 percent of the cost of the bridge to come from Missouri.

Wagner said competition for the funding is very competitive, with thousands of applications across the nation.

“The only difference this year is in the timing,” Wagner said, noting that the application deadline is earlier, so agencies had less time to prepare the grant application.

Bob Zick, chairman of the Missouri Highway 47 Bridge Committee, requested the letters from about three dozen cities, state representatives, counties and legislators.

The letters will become a part of the application.

“I think it’s a really important project for the region and for the state of Missouri,” Zick said. “If we can get this funding, it’s more likely that we will get the bridge more timely, it will put people to work and give us a safe bridge again.”

Wagner said the grant would bring Missouri money back to Missouri.

“We’re trying to get as thorough and comprehensive as possible so we can bring this additional funding to our state,” she said.

If the grant funding was received, the money has to be allocated by June 2014.

Wagner said she appreciate entities showing their support for the bridge and for the project itself.

The city of Union also wrote a letter of support last year, but grant funds were not secured.