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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:00 am

The Missouri Highway 47 Bridge Committee will soon seek letters of support to apply for a new round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant funding.

The funding would help alleviate a bridge enhancement funding shortfall of $906,797. The overall preferred enhancement package cost estimate is $1,706,797.

Judy Wagner, Missouri Department of Transportation area engineer, said she’s working on putting together a $20 million grant application.

Wagner said that if the state receives any funding, a total of five percent can be used toward enhancements. If the full $20 million is awarded, $1 million could be put toward enhancements.

TIGER Grant applications are due April 28, according to the Department of Transportation website.

A total of $600 million has been appropriated to be awarded by the department of transportation for infrastructure investments.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.

The city has unsuccessfully applied for a TIGER grant for the past two years.

Enhancements

The city of Washington and Franklin and Warren counties already have contributed $800,000 toward enhancements on the bridge.

Enhancements selected include decorative railing, girder lighting, pier lighting and trail lighting.

Plans were to apply for enhancement funds through East-West Gateway (EWG), but with the exception of the trail lighting, the enhancements no longer are eligible under the EWG program.

Estimated enhancement costs are decorative railing, $120,000; girder lighting on east and west face, $1,133,000; pier lighting, $172,000; and trail lighting, $137,000.

Funding must be lined up by September. If funding is not lined up, the city must find an alternative or the design must be changed.

Enhancements can be added later if funding is available.

Construction of the new span is slated to begin in 2016.

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