The projects is currently in the December 2018 letting. At that time contractors will be able to submit competitive bids for the projects.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission reviewed the bids and awarded the contract to Boone Construction Co. at their January 2019 meeting.
The contractor re-startted work after reconfiguring the local detour in on the West Locust Creek Bridge on Monday, May 13 closing the roadway to all traffic. The West Yellow Creek Bridge closed Monday, June 3.
The contract completion date is currently set for December 1, 2019, though the contractor may complete their work before that date, if conditions allow.
The contractor was able to reopen the West Yellow Creek Bridge, east of Milan, on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Crews are expecting the West Locust Creek, west of Milan, to be completed by early September.
Crews were able to reopen the West Locust Creek bridge on Saturday, Sept. 14.
West Locust Creek
Old Bridge Built in 1932 Structurally Deficient 22-feet wide Two 11-foot lanes No shoulders on the bridge New Bridge Meets current standards 32-feet wide Two 12-foot lanes Four-foot shoulders
West Yellow Creek
West Yellow Creek Bridge Old Bridge Built in 1956 Structurally Deficient 26-feet wide Two 11-foot lanes Two-foot shoulders New Bridge Meets current standards 32-feet wide Two 12-foot lanes Four-foot shoulders
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is MoDOT closing the road during construction?
A: Closing the bridge saves taxpayer money by allowing the contractor to work more efficiently and will result in a shorter construction period.
Q: How long will the road be closed?
A: Up to four months (130 calendar days) is allowed by contract.
Q: What is the current proposed detour?
A: Trucks will be routed over U.S. Routes 36, 63, 136 and 65. Local traffic will be directed south from Humpreys on Route 139, east on Route MM to Browning and north on Route 5.
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: Some right of way acquisition will be necessary for the West Locust Creek Bridge.
Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions?
A: Questions about the project may be directed to Customer Service by calling 1-888-ASK MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or by emailing NWCR@modot.mo.gov.
Q: How can I stay updated on the projects progress?
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