January 1, 2009

Safe and Sound Bridge Contracts Awarded in Knox, Scotland Counties

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract for rehabilitating two bridges in Knox and Scotland Counties, the North Fork South Fabius River Bridge near Greensburg on Route C and the South Wyaconda River Bridge near Arbela on Route H. These are the first bridges in those respective counties that will be repaired under MoDOTs innovative Safe and Sound Bridge Program.

The deck on each of the bridges will be replaced allowing the one-lane restriction to removed from the bridge on Route C. Neither bridge will be load posted when the work is complete and both bridges will be widened. The Route C bridge will be widened to 22 feet accommodating the 10-foot driving lanes and one-foot shoulders while the Route H bridge will go to 24 feet, accommodating the 10-foot lanes and two-foot shoulders.

The road will be closed while the bridge is rehabilitated, and it will more than likely take place in the spring before school is out for the summer, explained MoDOT Construction and Materials Engineer Macy Rodenbaugh.

The Safe and Sound Bridge program will repair or replace 802 bridges throughout the state, beginning in 2009.

Boone Construction Co. of Columbia, MO, was the successful bidder on this project at $557,026.50. Work may begin after January 5, 2009, but the road will not be closed before March 16 and is expected to be complete by summer.

Questions about this transportation improvement or others on state highways can be directed to MoDOTs customer service center at 1-888 ASK MODOT or visit the website at www.modot.org/northeast.

Over the next five years the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace more than 800 of the states worst bridges. Including four in Scotland County.

Plans were approved in the fall of 2008 to improve 802 of Missouris lowest rated bridges by 2013, starting with 100 structures that will be under construction early next year.

The four structures in Scotland County scheduled for the project include the current project, the bridge on Route H north of Arbela, which spans the South Wyaconda River. Others to be addressed in the near future will be the abandoned railroad bridge on Missouri 15 South. Other projects identified in the new program are the bridge across the North Fork of the Middle Fabius River on Route D, near the Schuyler County line as well as the bridge across the Little Fox River on Route Z near the Iowa state line.

MoDOT is responsible for 10,276 bridges in the state highway system, the seventh largest total nationwide.

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