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Property owners west of Brock may have to find new traffic patterns when traveling to and from Highway 15 north of Memphis. On June 3, the Missouri Department of Transportation closed the bridge over the South Wyaconda River, located on Route C in Scotland County, approximately four miles west of Brock.
During a routine bridge inspection, significant deterioration was found on the bridge. The bridge will remain closed pending further analysis of the structure.
Bridge T0074 was already one of eight bridge improvement projects listed for Scotland County in the current MoDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for 2020-2024.
The Route C crossing, which was already weight restricted as well as clearance restricted, was tentatively scheduled for replacement with a projected project award date in 2022 with an estimated price tag of $1.13 million. The bridge, built in 1936, carries an average of 70 vehicles daily. It is one of over ten thousand bridges on the state highway system.
MoDOT has already awarded the $1.45 million contract for Highway 15 north of Memphis to be resurfaced this fall.
A pair of bridges on that route are scheduled to be replaced in 2021.
A bridge on Route B over the North Fork Fabius River near Hitt and a bridge on Route T over the South Fork Middle Fabius near Bible Grove were scheduled for award in 2022 along with the Route C bridge in question.
A pair of crossings on Route H were listed in the STIP as being targeted for award in 2024.
The recommended alternate routes of travel during the closure of the Route C are Missouri Route 15 to Route CC to Route B in Scotland County. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the closure.
For information on this and other traffic impacts in your area, please visit the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org