WHEREAS, the severe storms and heavy rains that occurred in the north central areas of the State of Missouri on September 21, 2010, and September 22, 2010, have resulted in flooding and the closure of state roads and bridges in such areas, including the counties of Grundy and Mercer; and
WHEREAS, the high stream flows and buildup of drift material from these storm events have resulted in the total loss of Pier # 3 for Bridge # L0340 on State Route A over the Weldon Fork of the Thompson River in Grundy County; and
WHEREAS, as a result of the loss of this bridge pier, the Missouri Department of Transportation has had to close the State Route A Bridge until necessary repairs or the complete replacement of the bridge are made to ensure the safety of the traveling public that would use such bridge; and
WHEREAS, the State Route A Bridge is a bridge that is eligible to receive federal aid highway funds; and
WHEREAS, State Route A is a vital north/south transportation link for the area and its closure will have a significant and negative impact to the businesses and individuals in the immediate area that use the State Route A Bridge; and
WHEREAS, such flooding conditions and the closure of the State Route A Bridge resulting from such flooding constitute an emergency as is contemplated by the terms of Sections 125 and 120(e) of Title 23, U.S.C.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby proclaim that an emergency exists concerning the damage and structural integrity of the State Route A bridge over the Weldon Fork of the Thompson River, which is a vital transportation link for this region of the state and a safety issue for the traveling public which uses such bridge; and
FURTHER, I direct that this Emergency Declaration shall become effective immediately upon signature and shall continue in effect until the repairs to, or replacement of, the State Route A Bridge have been made and the bridge is deemed safe for use by the traveling public.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 28th day of September, 2010.
[Jay Nixon's signature]
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State