U.S. Route 136 Bridge Replacement Projects

The bridges over Elm Branch and West Locust Creek will be replaced in 2018.
Please, read through the material and provide feedback about the two projects.

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Project Details

The contract for the replacement of both bridges will go out for bid in January 2018 and it is possible that both bridges will be closed simultaneously.

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West Locust Creek Bridge

Old bridge built in 1931.
Old bridge is 22 feet wide. New bridge will be 32 feet wide.
Old bridge has two 11-foot lanes and four-foot shoulders. New bridge will have two 12-foot lands and four-foot shoulders.
Old bridge does not meet current standards. New bridge will meet all current standards.
Old bridge is weight-limited. New bridge will have no weight limits.
Old bridge had seven spans of 40 feet each. New bridge will have three spans: 100', 110' & 100'.

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Elm Branch

Old bridge built in 1931.
Old bridge is 28 feet wide.  New bridge will be 32 feet wide.
Old bridge has two 11-foot lanes and three-foot shoulders on the approaches. New bridge will have two 12-foot lanes and four-foot shoulders on approaches AND bridge.
Old bridge does not meet current standards.  New bridge will meet all current standards.
Old bridge is weight-limited. New bridge will have no weight limits.
Old bridge had 3 spans of 40 feet each. New bridge has one 123-foot span.

Current Proposed Timeline

Below is the current proposed timeline for both projects. This is subject to change.

Public Comment Period, Design Phase, Right of Way Acquistion

Now. Please use the comment form to submit to our design team any comments or questions you may have.

Contractors bid on the projects.

The project will be let in January 2018 allowing contractors to submit competitive bids for both projects. The projects will be let in combination, meaning the contractor submits one bid for the total cost of both projects.

Contract Awarded

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will review the bids and award or deny the bid at their February 2018 meeting.

Contractor has authority to begin work

The contractor is allowed to begin work as early as March 2018, but it may begin as late as August.

Completion Date

The contract completion date is December 2018, though the contractor may finish the job before that date, if other factors allow.

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Proposed Detour

The route in blue indicates the proposed signed detour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Closing the road at both bridges saves taxpayer money by allowing the contractor to work more efficiently. This will result in a shorter construction period. The roadway between the bridges will remain open during construction.

Up to four months will be allowed by contract.

We plan to sign a detour over Routes 5, 6 and U.S. Route 65.

You can view a map of the detour HERE.

A shorter detour was considered, but the roads and bridges on the shorter route would not accomodate the large volume of truck traffic that U.S. Route 136 carries.

Based on the cost/benefit ration, building a bypass would not be a prudent use of taxpayer funds. A bypass also could have negative impacts and disruption to private property.

Yes, property owners from whom right of way will need to be acquired will be contacted by our right of way department.

Questions about the project may be directed to Project Manager Wes Moore using the button below.

Project Manager Wes Moore
816-387-2499

COMMENT FORM

Please submit any comments you have using the form below. Comments must be received by Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

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