The future of Missouri’s transportation infrastructure got a good bit brighter this week with the announcement of federal funding needed to activate a funding measure passed by the legislature. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the state will receive an $81.2 million grant through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program. That money will be used to build a new bridge over the Missouri River on I-70 at Rocheport. The grant also triggers $301 million in bonding approved by the legislature for bridge repairs. That funding was contingent on approval of the grant application.