HANNIBAL - Weather permitting, beginning Wednesday, April 30 at 9 a.m., Route A west of New London will be closed to traffic up to 37 working days for bridge rehabilitation at the Ely Creek Bridge, which is located just west of Route H between Sydney Road and Cincinnati Road in Ralls County.
Route A over Turkey Creek just will open late Wednesday afternoon after the signs are moved to the Ely Creek Bridge. "There will be a short time when Route A is closed at both bridges, but drivers can use local roads and Route H to go around," said Martin Lincoln, Jr., MoDOT resident engineer overseeing the project.
Alternate routes of travel should be taken over Routes, EE, H and A. Some areas of the roadway will remain open to residential traffic only; all other traffic must take alternate routes during this time. L. F. Krupp Construction, Inc. of Ellisville, MO was the successful bidder on this project at $194,026.
Replacing the deck on the 53-year-old bridge requires removal of the deck and side barriers all the way down to steel, then cleaning and replacing some of the steel, and pouring concrete for the new deck which will be 22 foot wide compared to the existing 20 foot deck. "Once the concrete is poured, it must cure, which is the most critical period during the work, when concrete reaches its maximum strength and durability," explains Brian Haeffner, area engineer for MoDOT's Northeast District. "The deck on the Spencer Creek Bridge on MO 154 and Turkey Creek Bridge, also on Route A, were also replaced this spring," Haeffner added. "Replacing the bridge decks will extend the life of the bridges ensuring we get the best value of this work," said Haeffner.
With almost 35 bridge projects scheduled this year in northeast Missouri, MoDOT has created web pages that will provide updated information about these projects and subsequent road closures. The web pages, found at www.modot.org/northeast under 2014 Bridge projects in Northeast Missouri at http://www.modot.org/northeast/2014NEBridgeProjects.htm are easy to navigate and provide as many details about possible on the bridges that will be rehabilitated or replaced this year.
All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. Those traveling and commuting public are encouraged to check the online map at http://www.modot.org/ daily for new work zones. MoDOT also offers e-update messages sent directly to your email when roadwork is scheduled. Sign up online or call MoDOT's customer service center at 1-888-275-6636.