POPLAR BLUFF - Eighth District Representative Jo Ann Emerson will speak before the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission regarding the Mississippi River Bridge in Mississippi County during their open meeting on Dec. 12. The meeting will be held at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff beginning at 9:30 a.m.
"The Mississippi River bridges are of the utmost importance to travel and trade in Southern Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky. This longstanding issue has reached a critical point, and we need to have a discussion about the future of this important connection between three states. The Missouri Department of Transportation has done a tremendous job on Highway 67 and four-lane construction of Highway 60. I know the Highways and Transportation Commission takes the safety of Missouri's roads and bridges as seriously as I do, and I am looking forward to our conversation about the bridges linking Mississippi County, Alexander County, IL, and Ballard County, KY," Emerson said.
Emerson has asked Missouri State Representative Ellen Brandom and Sikeston Mayor Mike Marshall to join her in highlighting the need for a new Mississippi River bridge connecting Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky.
"I look forward to working with Representative Emerson and Mayor Mike Marshall of Sikeston in making sure the Commission fully understands the need to replace this insufficient bridge," said Missouri State Representative Ellen Brandom.
"Communities in Southern Missouri, Illinois, and Western Kentucky are united behind the effort to build a new Mississippi River bridge. Representative Emerson is working with all of us to highlight the condition of the existing bridge structure and to move forward with the feasibility, design, funding and construction of a new bridge. The city of Sikeston and the coalition are excited about the opportunity to present our views to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission," said Sikeston Mayor Mike Marshall.