MoDOT contracted with Garver Inc., to design the new bridge decks for the Livingston County U.S. Route 65 Grand River Bridge and the Route 190 Thompson River Bridge.
At this time, MoDOT does not expect to acquire permanent right of way for the projects. Temporary construction easements may be needed for roadway entrance realignment of the U.S. Route 65 access road to Chillicothe water treatment facility and conservation area to the north end of the bridge.
The projects will remove the Route 190 entrance onto County Road 229 to the east end of the bridge.
Roadway entrance modifications are necessary due to improving sight distance and safety of motorists.
The public was invited to provide input about the design, proposed construction period, proposed detour route and any other concerns they may have via this webpage.
A public meeting was held on Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Building located at 920 Washington St., Chillicothe, MO.
The projects were let for contractor bidding in August 2019. The Missouri Transportation and Highways Commission awarded a $4,149,172.70 contract for the U.S. Route 65 bridge to Radmacher Brothers Excavating Co., Inc. and a $3,468,748.02 contract for the Route 190 bridge to Comanche Construction, Inc. during their September 2019 meeting.
Both bridge projects began construction in March 2020. The U.S. Route 65 bridge over the Grand River reopened Dec. 9, 2020. The Route 190 bridge over the Thompson River reopened Dec. 18, 2020 - the 100th bridge completed in Governor Parson's Focus on Bridges program.
The contractors plan to have both bridges reopened to two-way traffic in early to mid-December.
U.S. Route 65 at the Grand River: reopened at noon on Dec. 9
Route 190 at the Thompson River: reopened Dec. 18, 2020 - the 100th bridge completed in Governor Parson's Focus on Bridges program.
U.S. Route 65 Grand River Bridge
Built in 1995, the Grand River Bridge sees approximately 1,780 travelers cross its spans each day. The bridge deck replacement project will help provide a smoother riding surface and bring bridge barriers and guardrail up to current standards.
Route 190 Thompson River Bridge
Built in 1964, the Thompson River Bridge sees approximately 1,164 travelers cross its spans each day. The bridge deck replacement project will help provide a smoother riding surface and bring bridge barriers and guardrail up to current standards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will MoDOT close the road during construction?
A: For the majority of the project, only one lane will be open for use traveling in both directions. Construction will be staged so that half of the bridge will be replaced at a time. Flaggers will direct motorist through the work zone. There will be a brief period of time in which the bridge will be closed in order the pour and cure the concrete driving surface. During this time period motorists will be directed by a signed detour around the closure.
Q: Is there a detour?
A: During the short period each road will be closed a signed detour will be in place directing traffic around the work zone.
Q: Will MoDOT need to acquire any right of way?
A: The only anticipated right of way purchases at this time are easements on city owned property.
Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions?
Q: How can I stay updated on the project's progress?
A: Sign up for project-specific updates using the form below.
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