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March 22, 2011 01:47 PM
Northbound U.S. 63 Cedar Creek Bridge Work to Begin

CALLAWAY COUNTY- If the weather permits on Monday, March 28, crews will begin work to rehabilitate the northbound U.S. 63 bridge over Cedar Creek. The bridge is located about 1.5 miles south of the Boone/Callaway County line.

The work includes replacing the bridge deck and upgrading guard rail. The structure will also be painted.  

Beginning next week, crews will begin working in the median between the north and southbound lanes. Motorists should expect lane closures in both directions. 

In early April, the northbound bridge will close for about a month and a half. During this time, northbound traffic will be redirected onto one southbound lane for approximately ¾ mile. 

"It is very important for motorists to slow down, follow work zone signing, remain patient and drive with care through the area," said MoDOT Resident Engineer Charles Sullivan. "Motorists commuting between Jefferson City and Columbia should allow additional time to reach their destinations."

Bridge painting will take place after the bridge reopens, but some lane closures may still be needed to finish that work. 

The Cedar Creek Bridge rehabilitation 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 the mid-Missouri area as a part of this program. Currently, over 330 of the bridges included in the program have been improved statewide.

The existing northbound bridge was constructed in 1968. The rehabilitation work will cost approximately $901,000. APAC-Missouri, Inc. of Columbia, Mo. has been contracted to complete the project.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, call toll free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central.

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