Little Tarkio Creek Bridge on U.S. Route 159 complete

FORTESCUE, Mo. – After closing due to damage from flooding that began in March of 2019, the replacement of the Little Tarkio Creek Bridge on U.S. Route 159 between Route 111 (Lake Shore Drive) and Route P is now complete. Contractors from Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, began work on the damaged bridge in early September 2019. After facing delays due to weather and continued flooding, crews were able to complete the bridge project last night.

U.S. Route 159 detour signs will remain up to be utilized for the upcoming project to replace the Penny Slu Bridge just west of Route 111. Contractors from Boone Construction Co., working with MoDOT, plan to close the bridge on Monday, June 1, and expect the project to be complete in mid-August.

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive. Motorist are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones.

For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, visit and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.

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