East Fork Little Tarkio Creek

Bridge Replacement Project
U.S. Route 136
Atchison County

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will the road be closed during construction?


Why is MoDOT closing the road during construction?

Closing the bridge saves taxpayer money by allowing the contractor to work more efficiently and will also result in a shorter overall construction period.

How long will it be closed?

Up to four months is allowed by contract.

What is the planned detour?

Over routes N, 46 and 113.

Click HERE for a map of the detour.

Why not build a bypass?

Based on the cost/benefit ratio, building a bypass would not be a good use of taxpayer funds.

Will you have to buy any right of way?


Proposed Project Timeline - subject to change

            NOW - Right of Way Acquisition, Design Phase, and Comment Period

            June 2017 - Letting for contractor bids

            July 2017 - Contract Awarded

            September 2017 - Contractor has authority to begin work

            December 2018 - Completion date

Once the contract has been awarded, MoDOT will meet with the contractor to determine the exact schedule of the closure.

Old bridge details vs. New bridge details

One lane

Built in 1929

Functionally obsolete

Central piers (supports) allow drift and debris accumulation during flooding

20 feet wide

No shoulders

Two lanes

Single span = no middle supports

Cuts down on drift and debris accumulation during flooding

32 feet wide

Four-foot shoulders