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City of Potosi receives $525,000 in CDBG funds to replace bridge over Breton Creek

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Kelly Sink or Caitlin Jones

POTOSI— The city of Potosi has been awarded a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Missouri Department of Economic Development. 

The grant will replace the South Mine Street Bridge over Breton Creek. Built over 50 years ago, the bridge has degraded due to continual flooding and the existing structure is no longer adequate to serve the needs of the local area. Archer-Elgin Engineering provided preliminary inspection and cost estimate and will be designing and bidding the project. 

The project will be a complete bridge replacement with a new structure to better handle the stream flow. The new structure will be pre-cast concrete beam with cast-in-place, reinforced wing walls and guardrails will be placed on both sides with safety fencing.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) prepared the grant request and will administer the grant on behalf of the city of Potosi. The total cost of the project is $746,542. The city of Potosi is contributing $130,042 in cash match and $91,500 in-kind match on top of the CDBG grant funds.  

CDBG grants support the well-being of Missouri’s communities and increase their capacity for growth. Grants are available in several categories and can be utilized for a variety of community development initiatives and needs.

Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Missouri Department of Economic Development handles Missouri’s allocation of CDBG funds and offers them on a competitive basis to cities, counties and other qualifying entities outside entitlement areas, that receive direct CDBG funds.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Mary Heywood, representing the unemployed, serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 33 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

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