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Project Summary

Updated 1/11/2023

On April 1, 2022, despite repeated repair efforts, the Missouri Department of Transportation closed the Shoal Creek Bridge on Livingston County Route C due to extensive deterioration found during an inspection.

A project to replace the 89-year-old historic pony truss Shoal Creek Bridge was already in the planning and design phase. The project went out for contractor bids as part of MoDOT’s November 2022 letting.

Because the bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under criteria A and C for local significance in transportation and engineering, it was offered for reuse, free of charge, to a state, locality or responsible private entity. Proposals for the relocation and reuse of the bridge were accepted through Dec. 31, 2021.

Project Progress

Planning & Design Phase

Due to its deteriorating condition, MoDOT's Planning and Design team, along with a consultant, designed a bridge replacement project for the bridge over Shoal Creek on Livingston County Route C.

Our team has worked closely with the Canadian Pacific Railroad, as they have a project planned which will raise their tracks at the north end of the Shoal Creek Bridge. Once the bridge is replaced and reopened to traffic, the railroad’s project may require reduced speeds between the bridge and railroad while a permanent transition piece is built between the north end of the bridge and the raised tracks.

Contractor Letting, Award & Notice to Proceed

The project was part of MoDOT's Nov. 18, 2022, letting, when contractors submitted competitive bids for the project.

At their December 2022 meeting, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a $2,260,124.03 contract to L. G. Barcus and Sons, Inc. to complete the bridge replacement project.

The earliest date on which the contractor could begin work is Feb. 6, 2023.

Not Started

The contractor plans to begin construction on Monday, March 3 with an anticipated contract completion by the end of July.

During construction, access to County Road 420 will be restricted at varying times. MoDOT and the contractor understand the importance of the access this county road currently provides due to ongoing projects in the area. Efforts are being made to limit the amount of time access is limited or closed. 

By contract, all work must be complete by Dec. 1, 2023, or the contractor may incur liquidated damages.

Project News

  • NOW OPEN: Livingston County Route C Shoal Creek bridge


    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Livingston County Route C bridge over Shoal Creek, just west of Dawn and east of Route DD, is now open. The Missouri Department of Transportation working with Lehman-Wilson, replaced the bridge as part of the FARM (Fixing Access...

  • Livingston County Route C now closed at the Shoal Creek Bridge


    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A section of Livingston County Route C is now closed at the Shoal Creek Bridge, northwest of Dawn. Despite repeated repair efforts, a recent inspection found the bridge has deteriorated beyond repair, prompting the Missouri...

  • Livingston County Route C bridge available for reuse


    ST. JOSEPH, MO – It's the last month to submit a proposal to the Missouri Department of Transportation is for the reuse of the Pony Truss, Warren alternating vertical bridge on Livingston County Route C over Shoal Creek, currently located 1.4 miles...

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is MoDOT closing the road during construction?

A: The roadway is already closed due to the deteriorating conditions of the bridge deck. It will remain closed during construction.

During construction access to County Road 420 will be limited, or closed at various times. 


Q: What is the detour during the bridge closure?

A: At this time, a signed detour is not planned. Motorists will need to seek an alternate route until the new bridge is constructed and open.


Q: Will MoDOT have to purchase any right of way?

A: At this time, no Right of way acquisition or easements are expected for this project.


Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions?

A: You may email or call us at 888 ASK MODOT (1-888-275-6636). Please reference Livingston County Route C Shoal Creek Bridge on your inquiries.


Q: How can I stay updated on the project's progress?

A: Keep visiting this page and our Traveler Information Map at: for updates.