SIKESTON – Construction to replace the southbound U.S. Route 67 bridge over Route 8 in St. Francois County is slated to begin this June. The bridge is located in Desloge, Missouri.
Weather permitting, work will begin Wednesday, June 1, with completion anticipated by Tuesday, Aug. 30.
As construction is underway, Route 8 will be closed in the vicinity of the bridge and southbound Route 67 traffic will utilize the exit and entrance ramps. Traffic will be diverted onto the southbound off-ramp with options to travel westbound on Route 8 or continue southbound on the southbound Route 67 on-ramp.
Signed detours will be in place for northbound Route 67 traffic to Route 8, Route 8 east to northbound Route 67, and Cedar Falls Road. Detour routes will use existing interchanges at Parkway Drive and Orchard.
The bridge is included in 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.
This bridge is also included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
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. A contractor provided video detailing the Route 67 bridge is available at: https://youtu.be/XlCM4JnmuLM.