JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today awarded a contract to replace the South Moreau River bridge on Route D in Cole County. The low bid of $1.025 million was submitted by Don Schnieders Excavating Company, Inc. of Jefferson City. "This project will provide a wider, smoother and safer bridge for motorists, and reflects our commitment to take care of our existing transportation system," said Missouri Department of Transportation Project Manager Bruce Green. "The current, one-lane truss bridge will be replaced with a new, two-lane concrete bridge." Route D will be closed during the construction, which is scheduled to take place during the spring and summer of 2014. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central.