Legislation that would replace Riverside Bridge in Ozark passes in Senate committee

Legislation that seeks to replace the Riverside Bridge in Ozark passed in committee on Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., introduced the bill in April which seeks to expedite the construction of a new bridge, adjacent to the Riverside Bridge, by eliminating statutory restrictions that prevent new construction in the area.

Blunt said the bridge will help alleviate flood-related closures to the area businesses and speed up emergency vehicle response times.

“Replacing the Riverside Bridge is a long-term solution to the flood-related closures that are hurting local businesses, increasing emergency response times, and making daily life difficult for families in the community,” Blunt said in a written statement. “I’m glad this bill is another step closer to becoming law, and I urge my colleagues to support it when it comes before the full Senate.”

The century-old bridge has been closed since July 2015.

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