Nodaway County U.S. Route 136 Long Branch Bridge Now Closed

Motorists to be directed along same detour route used during Mozingo Creek closure.

St. Joseph, Mo. – Due to structural concerns, the Long Branch Bridge east of Maryville on U.S. Route 136 is now closed. Contractors from Phillips Hardy, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, closed the bridge to all traffic this afternoon.

Crews have been carefully monitoring the existing bridge during construction, and noted stress fractures in the existing bridge girders today which prompted the immediate closure of the bridge.

The same detour route utilized during the construction of the Mozingo Creek Bridge will now be used for the duration of the Long Branch Bridge replacement project. Motorists will be directed along a signed detour on Routes F, N, M and J. The project is scheduled to continue through August 2022.

The Long Branch and Mozingo bridges, located east of Maryville, were last rehabilitated in 1940. The replacement project will bring both bridge structures and surrounding guardrail up to current standards. These bridges are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Visit the projects’ webpage at There visitors will find project information, video from the project manager, detour route plans, and a way to sign up for project-specific email updates.

For more information about these and other MoDOT projects in your area, sign up online for work zone updates, visit to view the online Traveler Information Map, or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). In addition, MoDOT provides updated information via social media.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram  



Project Webpage

Districts Involved