President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday night what he called a "Fix It First" program to address the nation's crumbling infrastructure—like roads and bridges—in an effort to improve citizens' quality of life and bring jobs to the United States.
"I propose a 'Fix-It-First' program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country," he said during the State of the Union Address.
"And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most—modern ports to move goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children."
Many of the structurally deficient bridges Obama referred to are located in the St. Louis area, according to Transportation for America. The organization's campaign says coordinators are "eager to reform how we spend transportation dollars at the federal, state and local level to create a safer, cleaner and smarter transportation system that works for everyone."
Their online database lists the following bridges deficient in or around North St. Louis County:
- A bridge on Greenway Chase Drive that passes over New Halls Faerry Creek
- A bridge on Parker Road near Garden Plaza Drive
- A bridge on Graham Road that passes over Fountain Creek
- A bridge on St. Anthony Lane that crosses over Fountain Creek
- A bridge on Interstate 270 that crosses over West Florissant Road
- A bridge on Interstate 270 that crosses over Coldwater Creek, just east of Lindbergh Boulevard
- A bridge on Gist Road that crosses over Cowmire Creek, near Taussig Road
See the accompanying map for a look at other nearby deficient bridges, which are indicated in red. Or you can visit the Transportation for America website and search by city.
Overall, Missouri is one of the worst states when it comes to inadequate bridges, ranks 7th in the country with about 17 percent of all its bridges rated as such.
That may change if Obama has anything to say about it.
"Let’s prove that there is no better place to do business than the United States of America," he said Tuesday. "And let’s start right away."