Jan 10, 2022 3:19 PM

St. Joseph City Council contemplating what to do with I-229, double decker bridge

Posted Jan 10, 2022 3:19 PM
I-229 Double decker overpass/ Photo by Brent Martin
I-229 Double decker overpass/ Photo by Brent Martin

By MATT PIKE 

St. Joseph Post 

City officials are trying to figure out what to do with the I-229 double decker bridge in downtown St. Joseph. 

St. Joseph City Councilmember Brenda Blessing says the council is waiting for a meeting with Missouri Department of Transportation officials, as well as hopefully other state officials, to decide what to do with the bridge, as well as I-229 overall.  

Blessing says she hopes that what comes from this meeting, when it happens, are options for the city to consider, rather than MoDOT dictating to the city. 

"We have choices, you know instead of saying this is the way it's going to be, we have choices," Blessing tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline. "We will see how it's going to better downtown, that's something we're always concerned about the riverfront area, you know what's it going to do to that." 

Blessing says she knows many have fond memories of the downtown bridge.  But as the city awaits a meeting with MoDOT about plans for the bridge, Blessing is unsure if keeping it will be viable. 

"People can remember back when the bridge was done, and it all depends will work need to be done on the bridge, what are we going to do with the bridge, are we going to move it over around by the airport and then come back in, whatever way it's going to go," Blessing says. "But I think we've got to look at viable options you know, is the cost worth it as well." 

Blessing says whatever plans they come up with, she hopes that they work with plans the city currently has for the riverfront and the downtown. 

"We want to have a riverfront park down there, I think we've seen plans for that, I just hate to see that we have some plans and we have some ideas of what we want and maybe we need to convey more to them that this is what we have planned for the riverfront, this is what we have planned for downtown." 

Blessing is unsure when this meeting will happen with MoDOT, but says when it does, she hopes that citizens also come out to voice their opinions so the council can hear what the city thinks should be done with I-229.