Proposed Project Timeline (subject to change)
MoDOT employees and consultants are working together to design a bridge deck replacement project for the U.S. Route 169 Middle Fork of the Grand River in Gentry County and Harrison Route EE Panther Creek bridges.
MoDOT will not need to acquire any additional right of way for the project.
MoDOT will host two opportunities to receive community feedback regarding the bridge deck replacement projects.
A call-in public meeting was held on Thursday, July 23, from 3 - 5 p.m. Community members could call to speak with a project experts regarding their questions and concerns.
From Sunday, July 19, through Saturday, July 25, a comment form will be available at the bottom of this webpage to collect any feedback and questions regarding the project. Project information, plans, detour routes and schedule will be available to view on this webpage.
The projects are currently scheduled in the October 2020 letting. At that time contractors will be able to submit competitive bids for the projects.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission reviewed all bids and awarded the contract to Emery Sapp & Sons at their November 2020 meeting
The Notice to Proceed date is the earliest the contractor may begin work on the project. This is currently scheduled for January 2021.
The contactor tentatively plans to begin construction on the Harrison County Route EE Panther Creek Bridge in April and Gentry County U.S. Route 169 in May.
In order to safely place the new bridge decks in the shortest amount of time, the bridges will be closed to all traffic during construction. An exact date for the closures have not yet been established. After the contract is awarded, the contractor will meet with MoDOT engineers and staff to determine the closure dates.
The schedule for the reopening of the bridges has not yet been determined. After the contract is awarded, the contractor will meet with MoDOT engineers and staff to determine the duration of the closures.
Project News and Information
GENTRY, Mo. – Plans are underway to replace the decks of two Northwest Missouri bridges. The Missouri Department of Transportation will host both an online and phone-in public meeting to gather community feedback regarding the planned deck...
What is the purpose of the project?
This bridge improvement project will include the U.S. Route 169 Middle Fork of the Grand River bridge in Gentry County and Harrison Route EE Panther Creek bridges. Both bridges, built in 1961, will receive new decks as part of Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is MoDOT closing the road during construction?
A: Closing the bridges saves taxpayer money by allowing the contractor to work more efficiently and will result in a shorter construction period.
Q: What is the current proposed detour?
A: Gentry County U.S. Route 169 Middle Fork of the Grand River Bridge: Motorists will be directed along a signed detour using Routes W and YY
Harrison Route EE Panther Creek Bridge: Due to low traffic volumes, a signed detour will not be utilized during the closure.
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 MoDOT have to purchase any right of way?
A: Right of way acquisition will not be necessary for these projects.
Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions?
A: Questions about the project may be directed to MoDOT Customer Service at I-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636)