REMINDER: Caldwell County Route 13 bridge replacement project to begin May 30

Project to impact traffic on U.S. Route 36

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A project to replace the Caldwell County Route 13 bridge over U.S. Route 36 in Hamilton is scheduled to begin later this month. Capitol Paving and Construction, LLC, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation plan to close the bridge to all traffic the morning of Tuesday, May 30. The project is expected to be completed in early August.

The bridge, built in 1958, has been struck multiple times by high-profile vehicles driving underneath on U.S. Route 36. As part of the replacement project, the new bridge superstructure has been designed to increase clearance beneath the bridge to help prevent future damage. The new bridge will also include a pedestrian walkway on the west side.

Beginning at approximately 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, through noon Wednesday, May 31, both east and westbound U.S. Route 36 will close for bridge demolition. Traffic will be directed up and over the on/off ramps at the Route 13 exit during the closure. An 18-foot width restrict will be in place.

U.S. Route 36 will also close beneath the bridge when the new girders are installed in late June. Specific dates and times will be provided when available.

Due to an ongoing resurfacing project on Route 13 from the southern Hamilton City Limits at Mill Creek Road to Route HH in Kingston, traffic wishing to travel south of Hamilton on Route 13 will be directed along a signed detour on U.S. Route 36 to the west, Interstate 35 to the south, and Route 116 to the east to reconnect with Route 13.

Motorists traveling north/south on Route 13 will still be able to use the on/off ramps to access U.S. Route 36 throughout the project.

To learn more about the projects affecting Route 13, visit:

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

MoDOT asks drivers to work with us by always buckling up, keeping your phone down, slowing down and moving over in work zones. Know before you go and check what work zones you might encounter at

While at, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.

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