Nixon helps break ground for new Missouri River bridge

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Former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. (Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) – Construction is scheduled to begin Monday on a new Missouri River bridge at the eastern Missouri town of Washington.

Gov. Jay Nixon was in Washington Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony. The new bridge carrying Highway 47 traffic will replace an old, narrow bridge that was built more than 80 years ago.

The new bridge will cost $63 million and is scheduled to open by November 2018.