MoDOT Engineers worked with consulting firm Bartlett & West to design a new bridge on Route O over the Platte River.
MoDOT acquired Right of Way needed to complete the project.
The project was let in June 2018 allowing contractors to submit competitive bids for the project.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the contract at their July 2018 meeting. Widel, Inc. was awarded the project with a bid of $1,360,168.84.
By contract, Widel was allowed to begin work in March 1, 2019. They plan to close the road to all traffic Monday, March 18, 2019. The road will remain closed through the end of September 2019.
The completion date is planned for Oct. 31, 2019. Originally, the construction was to be complete and the road reopened by Oct. 1, 2019, but flooding affected the contractor's schedule and the opening has been delayed to the 31st.
Built in 1961 - Bridge rail does not meet current standards - Weight-limited bridge - 22 feet wide (two 11-foot lanes) - no shoulders
- Bridge and bridge rail meet current standards - Weight restrictions removed - 26 feet wide (two 11-foot lanes with two-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. This will result in a shorter construction period.
Q: How long will the road be closed?
A: Up to 214 calendar days is allowed by contract.
Q: Is there a detour?
A: A signed detour is not planned at this time.
Q: Will you have to buy any right of way?
A: The only anticipated right of way purchases are easements.
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 project's progress?
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