Current Proposed Timeline
The project was let in October 2018 allowing contractors to submit competitive bids for both projects. The projects were let in combination, meaning the contractor submitted one bid for the total cost of both projects.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission reviewed the bids and awarded the bid to Widel, Inc. at their October 2018 meeting.
The contract completion date is currently set for August 1, 2019. The contractor may complete their work prior to that date, if conditions allow. The contractor hopes to have work completed by early April.
MILAN, Mo. – The Newtown Branch Bridge on Sullivan County Route 139 has been closed for a replacement project since January. Contractors from Widel, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, plan to reopen the bridge Friday, April...
MILAN, Mo. – Contractors from Widel, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, closed the Route 139 Newtown Branch Bridge for a replacement project in January. Consistent winter precipitation and freezing temperatures have delayed...
Built in 1933 Structurally deficient Guardrail not up to standards 78' long 20' wide Carries 400 cars per day Striped as one-lane bridge
Proposed New Bridge
Up to current standards Upgraded guardrail 87' long Will be nearly 28-feet wide with 12-foot lanes Will be restored to two lanes
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why will the road be closed during construction? And for how long?
A: Closing the roadway to all traffic saves taxpayer money by allowing the contractor to work more safely and efficiently. This will result in a shorter overall construction period. The road could be closed up to four months by contract.
Q: What is the current planned detour?
A: At this time there is no plan to sign a detour around he closure. Traffic control and signing will be in place to alert motorists to seek an alternate route.
Q: Why not build a bypass?
A: Based on the cost/benefit ratio, building a bypass would not be a good use of taxpayer funds.
Q: Will you have to acquire any right of way?
A: No new right of way will be needed and existing utilities will not be affected by this project.
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