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For more information, contact Tana Akright , Customer Relations Specialist at 573-248-2490

June 01, 2012 10:05 AM
News Release-US 54 to close for Bridge Replacements in Pike County

HANNIBAL - Weather permitting, on Monday, June 18, US 54 between Bowling Green and Louisiana will be closed to traffic to replace the 83 year-old bridge at Noix Creek near Vera, and on the following Monday, June 25, the 53 year-old bridge at the North Fork of Noix Creek will also close for replacement.

The bridge replacements should take approximately 40 to 50 working days reopening the first week of August. "We have worked closely with local officials to determine the best time to work on the bridges," said MoDOT Construction and Materials Engineer Macy Rodenbaugh. "It was very important to schedule the closings so it would not impact spring planting and fall harvests, and for the closure to occur while school is out for the summer," he explained. Each bridge will be replaced with a new 44-foot wide bridge, 16 foot wider than the present bridges.

Several notices have been posted through media, schools and email.  Message boards will be set up in advance of the closure along major routes to alert motorists local businesses are open. Commercial vehicles to and from Illinois are being encouraged to cross Mississippi River at I-72 in Hannibal. Commercial vehicles are encouraged to use detours over MO 79 south, Route B west and US 61 north or south; local and tourism traffic are encouraged to use US 54, Route UU, and US 61 north or south for a detour. Route D south of Louisiana is currently closed for another bridge replacement and is expected to open June 30.

Upon completion of the Noix Creek Bridges on US 54, approximately twelve bridges will have been repaired or replaced under the Safe and Sound Bridge Program in 2011 and 2012.

For more information about these bridges or others in the Safe & Sound Bridge Program, contact the MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). You can also visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast

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