June 17, 2010

Route D to Close for Bridge Replacement

HANNIBAL - Weather permitting, beginning Monday, June 21, Route D in Scotland County will be closed to traffic for bridge deck replacement at the North Fork of the Middle Fabius River Bridge southwest of Memphis.

While crews are working, the bridge will be closed for approximately three months from Route A in Schuyler County to Route 15 in Scotland County. Please seek alternate routes during this time. Harry H. Houf and Sons Construction of Mexico, Missouri was the successful bidder on this bridge repair under MoDOTs innovative Safe and Sound Bridge Program.

As part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program, more than 200 bridges are scheduled for work this year, and in almost all cases, the bridges will be closed during construction to lower the cost and allow for speedy completion. Replacing the bridges in their current locations greatly reduces the need for additional right of way and costly roadway work, enabling more bridges to be improved within the projects $700 million budget. In all, Safe & Sound will improve or replace 802 of the states poorest bridges.

Most of the bridges being constructed in 2010 - about 150 - will be complete replacements as part of MoDOTs design-build contract with KTU Constructors. KTU has set up regional offices in Lees Summit, Bethany, Chillicothe, Sedalia and Benton to coordinate this years work that will take place primarily in northwest and west central Missouri, the Kansas City area and the Bootheel. KTUs projects, by contract, are to last an average of 45 days - or half as long as the typical bridge replacement.

Scotland County has four bridges on the Safe & Sound program. The bridge on Route H at South Wyaconda River has already been completed. The Route D bridge at the N. Fork Middle Fabius River will get underway this week. Bridge projects on Route Z at Little Fox River and the abandoned railroad crossing on Business Highway 136 will be completed in 2011.

All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map on the day it begins. Those traveling and the commuting public are encouraged to check the online map at www.modot.org daily for new work zones. Drivers are also invited to rate MoDOT work zones online at modot.org. MoDOT also offers e-update messages sent directly to your email when roadwork is scheduled. Sign up online or call MoDOTs customer service center at 1-888-275-6636.

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