HANNIBAL – The sixth bridge to be replaced under the FARM (Fixing Access to Rural Missouri) Bridge Program is over Sugar Creek on Route E in Lewis County just east of Williamstown. The road will close on Monday, February 28 and will remain closed until early July 2022.
Immediately following the reopening of this new bridge, the one over Derrah’s Branch on Route E further east of Sugar Creek will close for replacement under the FARM Bridge Program.
"We have 31 weight-restricted, poor condition bridges in northern Missouri to replace under this federally-funded program,” stated Missouri Department of Transportation Project Director Jeff Gander. Lehman-Wilson was awarded the design-build contract by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission at its meeting in May to replace the bridges. “The MoDOT team has worked closely with the contractor to develop plans for these improvements, and by October 2023, all 31 bridges will be replaced,” Gander noted.
“We understand closing a road can be challenging, yet it’s the best use of our tax dollars, it makes it safer for all the workers, and it speeds up construction,” Gander explained. There is no posted detour on most of these projects. The average traffic volume on Route E is 203 vehicles a day, and the bridge was built in 1952. All bridges in the program are expected to be closed during construction.
The program will replace deﬁcient bridges on low-volume routes that are:
- In poor condition
- On timber pile
- One-lane but carry two-way traffic
The full list of bridges to be replaced can be found on the FARM Bridge program web page.
Design-build is a project delivery method in which one contracting team is selected to design and build the highway improvement under one contract. MoDOT provides the project goals, budget and schedule and the contractor team completes the work. This technique has been known to significantly save time and provide cost savings.
“Signs will be placed several days before each closure, and we encourage residents in these areas to sign up to receive our email and text alerts,” Gander said. MoDOT will continue to send information and updates to local media for their distribution. MoDOT’s online traveler map also shows locations of work zones and road closures.