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For more information, please contact Resident Engineer Brian Holt at (573) 472-5325 or Project Manager Andy Meyer at (573) 472-5296.

July 08, 2009 12:00 AM
Commission Awards Contract for Improvements to Route H in Scott County
Blue Ditch Bridge Will Be Replaced

SIKESTON - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract during its regular meeting today for improvements to Route H in Scott County.  The $249,950 contract was awarded to J.M. Marschuetz Construction Co., Eureka, Mo.

The project includes replacing Blue Ditch Bridge, located south of Route 77 on Route H, southeast of the city of Lambert. 

"The new bridge will look very different from the present bridge," said Project Manager Andy Meyer.  "The current bridge was constructed of timber in 1938 and is load-limited to one-way traffic.  The improved bridge will be a three-barrel concrete culvert."

Meyer also explained that the new bridge will be 30 feet wide and will accommodate two-way traffic. 

Originally, this project was expected to begin in summer 2010.  However, the project was accelerated, and work is now expected to get underway this summer.

Meyer said that by moving the project forward, the bridge replacement will now be coordinated with the local drainage district's ongoing maintenance of Blue Ditch, specifically the restoration of the original ditch upstream and downstream of MoDOT's project. 

"It makes good sense to coordinate our activities and work together to deliver a better project," he said. "With the coordination of the projects, it will be less likely that the ditch will become filled with silt again in the vicinity of the old bridge."

The project is expected to be completed by late August 2009, weather permitting. 

Work zones will be marked with signs as work is underway.  Drivers are urged to use extreme caution near the work zone and plan for possible delays.  MoDOT will alert drivers prior to any change in traffic.

For more information, contact Resident Engineer Brian Holt at (573) 472-5325, Project Manager Andy Meyer at (573) 472-5296 or MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

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