Lamar – Drivers will need to find alternate routes when the U.S. Route 160 bridge over the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad in Lamar is CLOSED to traffic beginning the week of February 24, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
That’s when work begins on a project to replace the deteriorating structure.
Signs and electronic message boards will alert drivers to the bridge closing.
Drivers will be directed to use a signed detour along Southwest 10th Lane, West Central Road and West Outer Road (Northwest 1st Lane).
Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.
The current 24-foot wide bridge will be widened to 43-feet to accommodate two 12-foot driving lanes, two eight-foot wide shoulders with barrier curb and fencing on both sides. The new bridge also will be raised an additional three-feet over the railroad tracks.
The existing bridge was built in 1939 and carries approximately 3,000 vehicles per day. The bridge is in poor condition and in need of frequent repairs.
- Contractor: Hartman & Company Inc., Springfield
- Completion date: May 1, 2020
- Total project cost: $4.4 million
(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest)
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