MoDOT is currently working to design the new structure to replace the current bridge over East Medicine Creek on Route PP in Sullivan County. The public is invited to provide input about the design, proposed construction period, and any other project-related concerns they may have via the form at the bottom of this webpage.
The project was part of MoDOT's January 2020 letting, when contractors submitted competitive bids for the project.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract in the amount of $1,382,931.70 to Widel, Inc. at their February 2020 meeting.
The contractor is allowed per contract to begin work in March 2020. The bridge is currently closed to all traffic after a regularly scheduled inspection revealed critical deterioration.
The contractor plans began work in March 2020.
The project is in its final stage and should reopen the week of April 19, 2021.
The contractor plans to open the bridge to all traffic by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Current East Medicine Creek Bridge
- Closed on December 6, 2018 when a regularly scheduled inspection revealed critical deterioration to the structure.
- Built in 1955
- One lane bridge: 10 feet wide with two-foot shoulders.
Proposed New East Medicine Creek Bridge
- Will meet current standards
- Two lane bridge built along same alignment as current bridge
- 24 feet wide: two 10-foot wide lanes with two-foot shoulders
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is MoDOT closing the road during construction?
A. The road is currently closed due to the critical condition of the bridge structure. The bridge will remain closed during the replacement saving taxpayer money by allowing the contractor to work more efficiently. This will also result in a shorter construction period.
Q: How long will the road remain closed?
A. The exact length of the closure has not been determined.
Q: Will their be a signed detour?
A. A signed detour is not planned at this time.
Q. Will you have to acquire any right of way?
A. There may be a small portion of right of way needed, this could be subject to change as plans could be modified.
Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions?
A. Questions about the project may be directed to MoDOT Customer Service at 888 ASK MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or via email at NWCR@modot.mo.gov
Q: How can I stay updated on the project's progress?
A. Sign up for project-specific updates using the form below.
East Medicine Creek Bridge News
St. Joseph, Mo. – The East Medicine Creek Bridge on Sullivan County Route PP, just east of Osgood, will open this afternoon to all traffic. Contractors from Widel, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, plan to reopen the...
MILAN, Mo. – The bridge on Route PP over the East Medicine Creek, just east of Osgood, was closed in late 2018 after a regularly scheduled inspection by the Missouri Department of Transportation revealed critical deterioration to the structure. Next...