State of Our Roads & Bridges

5,099 miles of Missouri’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving St. Louis to Cody, Wyoming — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average Missouri motorist $380 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

3,222 bridges in Missouri are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 5.3 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 72 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Missouri. Over 4,000 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Missouri spent $1 billion on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.