Gentry County YY bridge replacement project to begin in December

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Bear Creek Bridge on Gentry County Route YY is scheduled to be replaced beginning next month. The bridge that closed in January 2023 due to structural deterioration will be replaced by Gene Haile Excavating, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation. Crews plan to begin working on the bridge on Monday, Dec. 4.

During construction, the roadway will remain closed. Motorists will need to seek an alternate route during the closures. All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of April 2024.

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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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Missouri Route 111, Missouri Route 46, and Route YY Bridge Replacement in Atchison and Gentry | Missouri Department of Transportation (

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