New bicycle/pedestrian lane across the northbound Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City

A new bicycle/pedestrian lane across the northbound Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City is planned for completion next year.

Bicycle/ped advocates in the area have been working for access across the bridge for decades, since bike/ped access was removed in the 1970s to create an extra motor vehicle lane.

"We'll change the grates and re-stripe the road," explained Roger Schwartze, district engineer for the department's Jefferson City-based Central District 5. "We're going to put up a sign that says 'Share the Road' and it will make the shoulder 18 inches wider than what is there today." . . .

MoDOT also still is looking for local financial support for a second bicycle/pedestrian crossing on the southbound bridge "that would be an overhang" outside of the bridge truss.

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