VIDEO: The Bridge To Somewhere

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Chances are you've never heard of a tiny town in the middle of Missouri called, Tuscumbia. The population here is slightly more than 200 people.

The town runs along Missouri's Osage River with only a handful of businesses, including a gas station, post office and local watering hole called the Red Oak Inn.

Tuscumbia made national headlines two years ago when the Osage River Bridge became the first infrastructure project to receive $8.5 million in federal stimulus money.

The bridge, originally built in 1933, was in need of serious repair. Drivers who traveled the old bridge daily say it was simply unsafe. Construction of the new bridge employed about 30 people on site at any one time while supporting dozens of other jobs, mostly construction suppliers in the area.

Two years after the groundbreaking ceremony, we caught up with several people who worked on the bridge project including the lead contractor, Keith Miller from APAC Construction.

"This is the only stimulus we had, it was a pretty good project, kept a lot of our guys busy, but it's over now," Miller said.

The bridge was completed on time, last August, and since then Miller admits work has been hard to find.

"A bunch of our key guys have been sitting home for three months now, guys that we normally would be working year round are sitting at home now, because we don't have the work to support them."

Tuscumbia residents told us they are extremely grateful for the Osage River bridge project because it was long overdue. More than a thousand people drive over the bridge daily to get to work and it's a main artery connecting the Tuscumbia area to the state's capitol, Jefferson City.

Check out the photos below and watch our story to hear how the stimulus project directly impacted one single mother of two.