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(See Webster County Route KK/Panther Creek bridge photo)
MoDOT, Springfield, District 8 -- The closing of the bridge over Panther Creek on Webster County Route KK between Rogersville and Marshfield has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 31, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. The bridge over Panther Creek will be replaced. The project is scheduled to be completed in 53 days, with the opening planned for July 22. The bridge project is part of MoDOT's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement program that will replace or repair 802 bridges across Missouri by the end of 2013. Preparing for Route KK Closing A detour for the Route KK/Panther Creek project will be signed along Webster County Routes B, OO and A.
State highway traffic normally is not detoured onto county-maintained roads. However, local drivers familiar with the area will be able to use nearby county roads for a shorter route around the closed bridge. MoDOT and contractors have alerted law enforcement, fire and ambulance agencies so they can plan how to respond to emergency calls with the bridge closed. The school district and post office also have been notified so they can adjust bus routes and mail carrier routes if necessary. The existing Route KK bridge over Panther Creek, about six miles northeast of Rogersville, was built in 1957. The existing bridge will be replaced by a new pre-cast concrete box-beam structure. The new bridge will be 190 feet long and 26 feet wide with two-12 foot wide driving lanes.The prime contractor on the Route KK/Panther Creek bridge is KTU Constructors, a group of bridge design and construction companies. The group is replacing 554 bridges of the 802-bridge total in the Safe & Sound program for $487 million. Kiewit Western Co., a KTU Constructors partner, will build the Route KK bridge over Panther Creek.As part of the Safe & Sound program, the road is closed where each bridge is being replaced or repaired. Closing the road enables workers to do the bridge project quicker, safer and cheaper. Information on the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program statewide can be found on MoDOT's web site -- http://www.modot.org/ .For information on 29 bridges being replaced in 11 counties in the Springfield region in 2011, check www.modot.org/springfield .