May 20, 2019

Contact: Amy Poos

Missouri State Parks hosts ribbon cutting at Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site May 22

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 17, 2019 – Missouri State Parks is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to showcase a $913,000 infrastructure project to restore the Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site.  The rededication ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site.

The iconic Union Covered Bridge was originally constructed in 1871 and facilitated transportation for 99 years.  The bridge underwent a substantial restoration project over the past year. The project raised the bridge and eliminated sag and sway, replaced damaged or failed truss sections, repaired the bridge abutments, replaced the roof, restored siding, cleaned graffiti and applied a protective coating to the structure. A security system has also been installed at the bridge to deter vandalism. 

The public is invited to celebrate the completion of the restoration.  After the ribbon cutting, refreshments will be served.

The Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site is located at 20700 Monroe County Road 962, Paris, Mo.  For more information about the event, please contact the Mark Twain State Park office at 573-565-3440.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit the web at Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.