Counties Impacted
Route Impacted
Work Type
Bridge Replacement
In Progress


Project Completed September 2023

The Gentry County Route E bridge over Walnut Fork was built in 1934 and rehabilitated in 1994. The 122-foot long bridge, located southeast of Stanberry, carries approximately 400 cars per day. It is now in poor condition and has a speed reduction for vehicles over 17 tons. MoDOT and consultant firm HDR have designed a new bridge to replace the current structure in fiscal year 2023.

Project Progress

Planning and Design Phase

MoDOT's Planning and Design team, along with consultants from HDR, are designing a project which will replace the 88-year-old bridge.

Contract Letting, Award & Notice to Proceed

This project in MoDOT's Nov. 18, 2022, letting, when contractors submit competitive bids on the project. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract to North Central Bridge, LLC, in the amount of $853,377.65, at their December 2022 meeting.

The earliest date on which the contractor could begin work is Jan. 31, 2023.


The contractor will work with MoDOT to determine the exact schedule of work.

At this time, the roadway is expected to close during construction. The exact date of the road closure and the planned reopening date have not yet been determined.

Once the contractor begins work, they have 105 calendar days to complete the project.


By contract, all work must be complete on or before Dec. 1, 2023.


Project News

  • Now Open: Gentry County Route E Walnut Fork Bridge


    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Walnut Fork Bridge on Gentry County Route E is open following a bridge replacement project. The project, led by North Central Bridge, LLC, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, began in late May. The roadway...

  • Gentry County Route E bridge replacement to start soon


    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Walnut Fork Bridge on Gentry County Route E is scheduled to begin this month. The bridge, located one and a half miles east of U.S. Route 169, will be replaced by North Central Bridge, LLC, contracted by the Missouri Department...

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the current proposed detour?

A: A signed detour is not planned at this time. The roadway will be closed at the bridge for the duration of the project and motorists will need to use 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: Who can I contact if I have further questions?

A: You may call 888 ASK MODOT (1-888-275-6636) to speak with a Customer Service Representative.


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