Work will soon get underway to replace the Westbound Business 60 (Pine Street) bridge over the Black River and Union Pacific railroad in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Weather permitting, construction will begin Wednesday, Sept. 7 with completion anticipated by Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. During construction, westbound traffic will be shifted to a head-to-head configuration on the eastbound bridge. The head-to-head configuration will allow one lane of traffic in each direction. Riverview Drive and B Street will be closed during construction, and parking will not be allowed underneath the bridge along Riverview Drive. The bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
U.S 67 & Route 160/158: Construction of the first phase of the U.S. Route 67/Future I-57 project in Butler County is underway. This work includes upgrading the Route 160/158 interchange south of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The interchange will be reconfigured with two roundabouts in place of the current loop ramps in the northwest and southeast quadrants. As work continues, Route 160/158 will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction, and Route 67 will remain minimally impacted. Motorists should anticipate construction equipment and contractor crews in the area. Additional information detailing impacts to traffic will be released prior to the start of paving. Tentatively, paving is anticipated to begin in 2023. Completion is anticipated Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, weather permitting. This phase of the project received funding through Governor Mike Parson’s cost share program.
Route HH in Butler County will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert under the roadway. This section of roadway is located between County Road 327 and County Road 334 near Qulin, Missouri. Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.