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Bridge replacement rescheduled

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

The bridge deck replacement scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 10 on US 154 between Curryville and MO 19 has been postponed due to the recent snow and freezing temperatures.

The project is tentatively be rescheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 17 at 7 a.m., when the road will be closed to traffic up to 35 working days for the bridge rehabilitation at Spencer Creek Bridge, which is located just east of Route P and west of Blue Jay Road in Ralls County.

Road closure signs will be in place notifying motorists of the work. Alternate routes of travel should be taken over US 54, Route P and US 154.

Some areas of the roadway will remain open to residential traffic only; all other traffic must take alternate routes during this time.

L.F. Krupp Construction, Inc. of Ellisville was the successful bidder on this project at $178,669.40.

Replacing the deck on the 65-year-old bridge requires removal of the deck and side barriers all the way down to steel, then cleaning and replacing some of the steel, and pouring concrete for the new deck which will be 22 foot wide compared to the existing 20 foot deck.

“Once the concrete is poured, it must cure, which is the most critical period during the work, when concrete reaches its maximum strength and durability,” explains Brian Haeffner, area engineer for MoDOT’s Northeast District.

“The deck on the Ely and Turkey Creek Bridges on Route A, built in the mid-50’s to early 1960, will also be replaced this spring. Replacing the bridge decks will extend the life of the bridges ensuring we get the best value of this work.”

With almost 35 bridge projects scheduled this year in northeast Missouri, MoDOT has created web pages that will provide updated information about these projects and subsequent road closures. The web pages, found at under 2014 Bridge projects in Northeast Missouri at are easy to navigate and provide as many details about possible on the bridges that will be rehabilitated or replaced this year.

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