SIKESTON-Route DD in Dunklin County will soon close as construction for the Bootheel Bridge Bundle design-build project continues. The bridges slated for improvements are located over St. Francis Slough and the St. Francis River between County Road 203 and County Road 213 near Wilhelmina, Missouri.
Contractor crews will first work to improve the St. Francis Slough bridge. Weather permitting, work will begin at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, with completion anticipated Nov. 1.
Once the new crossing at St. Francis Slough reopens, work will begin to rehabilitate the St. Francis River bridge. Tentatively, improvements to the St. Francis River bridge will be underway December 2021 through March 2022. An exact schedule for construction will be released prior to the start of work.
A signed detour will be in place during construction.
The bridges are part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Bootheel Bridge Bundle design-build project, which will improve 17 bridges throughout Southeast Missouri. Completion of the Bootheel Bridge Bundle design-build project is anticipated on or before Dec. 31, 2023. The design-build project website is available at https://www.modot.org/bootheel-bridge-bundle.
These bridges are also included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. A total of 13 Focus bridges will be addressed through the Bootheel Bridge Bundle.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
For additional information, please contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or Travis Slayton, project manager for the Robertson Contractors Team, at (573) 785-0880.