Bridge rehabilitation projects in Ralls County set to begin

HANNIBAL – Ralls County Route A is set to close May 4 at Salt River, 1.9 miles west of Route H near Center, as crews work to extend the life of the bridge. 

 The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Bleigh Construction Company to replace the decks of two bridges in Northeast Missouri. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the contract earlier this year in the amount of $3,339,980 for the rehabilitation of two bridges in Ralls County located on Routes A and H.  As part of the improvements, these bridges will receive a new deck and guardrail.

The bridge located on Route A is expected to close to all traffic for eighty days and is anticipated to reopen late July.  Signs will be in place to alert motorists of the closure.

Although a start date has not been set for the bridge rehabilitation project on Route H over the Salt River, located one mile north of Route A near Center, work will be completed by December 1, 2020.  This improvement project will also include strengthening girders to eliminate the current load posting as currently eleven percent of the average daily traffic is comprised of semi-trucks.  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.

All work and schedules are weather dependent. During each closure, motorists must use alternate routes.  Spring is here and highway work zones are beginning to pop up in Missouri.  Barrel Bob, MoDOT’s official work zone spokesbarrel, says as you approach a work zone, please don’t drive distracted.  Always buckle up and put your phone down for your safety and the safety of highway workers.  All work zones are online at, and you can receive the latest news about road work in your area by signing up for e-updates.

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