JEFFERSON CITY – Closing the westbound Route 54/63 bridge over the Missouri River in Jefferson City has been delayed for two weeks, Missouri Department of Transportation officials announced today.
“As the project progressed, concerns regarding preparing the steel for painting arose,” said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester. “We decided to postpone the project for two weeks so we could resolve these issues, get the project back on track and avoid extending the length of the project. We sincerely apologize for any confusion and inconvenience this delay will cause.”
The traffic switch was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, with the total closure of the westbound structure occurring before morning rush hour on Monday.
However, in recent days, MoDOT officials determined the contractor’s planned process and procedures for removing the old paint and ensuring a smooth surface for new paint was not going to provide the desired end result.
Silvester said the scope of the project had not changed, nor had the closure time of four months.
“We regret having to postpone the start of this project, but we wanted to get these issues ironed out before closing the bridge so that when the bridge did close, work could be maximized and completed in the allotted 120-day timeframe,” Silvester said. “We know people have been concerned about the bridge closing and our intent is not to add to that concern, but to make sure the project proceeds in the right direction and is completed on time.”
Silvester said MoDOT would keep motorists informed every step of the way as the project moves forward.
More information, including the option to sign up for e-mail updates, is available at www.modot.org/central or by calling 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).