COLUMBIA – Motorists traveling on Interstate 70 will experience lane closures and delays at various times over the next several weeks as progress continues at the new Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport and on the replacement of the Sorrels Overpass Road Bridge.
Crews working on the Rocheport Bridge will be blasting north of Interstate 70 and east of the river as part of preparations for the new bridge to be constructed. In coordination with Missouri Highway Patrol, crews will conduct brief 15-minute road closures while blasting takes place to protect motorists traveling through the area.
“Safety continues to be our top priority as we work on the new bridges,” said Rocheport Project Director Brandi Baldwin. “The blasting is taking place several hundred feet from Interstate 70. We want to make sure that the road is all clear, and that no rock has made it to the roadway.
These closures will take place over the next several weeks between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Similar closures will also be required in the coming weeks as part of construction on the new Sorrels Overpass Road Bridge west of Columbia. The bridge was originally closed and demolished last fall. Crews will be installing girders over the coming weeks.
Closures at Sorrels Overpass will be limited to 15 minutes and will take place during overnight hours to limit traffic impacts.
MoDOT will update motorists on specific closure dates and times through digital signs on the road, social media, news releases and the Traveler Information Map. MoDOT appreciates the patience of motorists and encourages all drivers to stay focused on the road, obey all traffic signs, and watch for workers on the road.
For more information about the Rocheport Bridge replacement project, visit modot.org/rocheportbridge.
For more information about the Sorrels Overpass Road Bridge project, visit modot.org/sorrelsoverpass.
Work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit modot.org. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.