Bridge Replacement Awarded by Commission for Smith Branch on Missouri Route 161

MACON – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract to E & C Bridge, of California, Missouri, for a bridge replacement on Missouri Route 161.  The project will be the bridge at Smith Branch, located 3.4 miles south of Missouri Route 19 near Danville. The total cost of the project is approximately $782,561.

"The current bridge is 86 years old,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Erik Maninga. “With significant deterioration occurring over the years, and for the safety of motorists, the time to replace it has arrived,” he added.

The contractor has 100 calendar days to complete the project. The work could begin as early as late summer or fall. The new bridge will 28 feet wide feet wide, which is 8 feet wider than the existing one. The road will be closed during construction.

“We will be able to provide a more specific schedule on this bridge project after the contractor provides the plan for completing the work,” said Maninga.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

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