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September 09, 2010 12:00 AM
Replacement of Route B Bridge Over Interstate 70 Scheduled in Cooper County

COOPER COUNTY - A project to replace the bridge that carries Route B traffic over Interstate 70 in Cooper County is scheduled to begin Saturday, Sept. 18, weather permitting.  The bridge will close during the work and Route B motorists will not be able to cross over I-70 at this location.  The ramps to and from the interstate will remain open and those wishing to cross the interstate should travel to the adjacent interchanges at Route 5 and Route 87.

The work does require the demolition of the old bridge structure.  The east and westbound lanes of the interstate will close at this location for a 24-hour period beginning at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 so the bridge can be safely removed.  During this time, interstate traffic will be merged into one lane each direction before reaching the Route B interchange and then routed around the work using the interstate exit and entrance ramps.  Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes if possible. 

"We ask motorists to please slow down, be patient, follow work zone signing and drive with care through this area," said MoDOT Area Engineer Mike Schupp.  "Construction crews will be working swiftly to remove the old bridge structure and reopen both lanes of interstate traffic in both directions as quickly as possible."

Work to remove and replace the Route B bridge will take a little over two months. 

"This bridge is in poor condition and in need of replacement," said Schupp.  "We understand how important this bridge is to the community and are working quickly to open a new bridge later this fall that is wider with shoulders."

The bridge replacement is part of MoDOT's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program, which will improve 800 of Missouri's worst bridges in five years - by the end of 2013.  Ninety bridges will be replaced or repaired in mid-Missouri as part of this program.  So far, more than 210 bridges have been improved across the state.

For more information about this project or for a complete listing of bridges included in the program, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central.  You can also follow MoDOT's Central District on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MoDOT_Central.

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