The Missouri Department of Transportation will replace the Route K bridge over West Fork Creek southeast of Walker, and the historic Route B bridge over Horse Creek east of Sheldon, in the spring or summer of 2012.
Residents who have questions or comments about the project are encouraged to leave a comment or question on the "Comment on this Project" link below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is MoDOT replacing the bridges?
A: Both of these bridges are in poor condition. In order to get another 50 years out of them, we need to replace them.
Q: When will these bridges be constructed?
A: They are scheduled for sometime in the summer of 2012. We would like input from the public on when the best time would be. For example, if a school bus route would be greatly hindered by the bridge closing then we would work to avoid having it closed while school is in session.
Q: The bridge on Route B over Horse Creek is considered historically significant--what does that mean?
A: MoDOT must make an honest effort to get public input about what to do with the bridge. One possibility is adaptive reuse, where an entity is allowed to disassemble the bridge and move it to another location.
Q: What is the detour length?
A: The Route K bridge has a detour length of 28.6 miles on state routes. The Route B bridge has a detour length of 22.4 miles. Both bridges have county roads that could be used to shorten the detour route.
Q: How long can we expect the bridges to be closed?
A: Bridges this size will take 60-80 days to tear down and rebuild new.
Q: Why not build a new bridge beside the old bridge so the old one can be used during construction?
A: This can be done, but it has proven to be more expensive since more roadway work is involved. MoDOT is committed to stretching the taxpayers' money as far as possible. If we were to build as suggested it would mean the extra money spent could not be used on another project for longer-term benefit.
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