Bicentennial Bridge

A groundbreaking for the planned Bicentennial Bridge took place last month on the capitol grounds by the Veterans Memorial and State Senate parking garage. In attendance were Governor Mike Parson and First Lady, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Second Lady, Mayor Carrie Tergin and the Delong Family including Mrs. B.J. Delong that contributed over $3 million for this project.  The $3.75 million dollar project will provide a pedestrian/bike linkage that reconnects and restores the Capitol with its historic relationship to the Missouri River. The project will also provide a platform to interpret state history as it takes users across the Union Pacific Railroad to the Missouri River with breathtaking views of the Missouri State Capitol and the Missouri River Valley. The project is a 12-foot wide pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting the Missouri State Capitol Complex to a 30-acre parkland located north of the Union Pacific Railroad. The island will be a passive recreational area with trails allowing visitors to hike through the wooded area and experience the riparian environment along the banks of the Missouri River. The project location offers visitors views of the Governor's Mansion and Lohman's Landing State Historic Site. Lohman's Landing was the original settlement, which became Missouri's State Capital and the City of Jefferson. Construction will begin this fall and completion is expected by August 2021.