Benesch was brought on board as design consultants for this project.
The project was part of MoDOT's April 2019 letting allowing contractors to submit competitive bids for the project.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the contract to L.G. Barcus and Sons, Inc. at their May 2019 meeting.
The contractor may begin work as early as May 28, 2019. (Alternative Notice To Proceed date, if work is delayed until 2020: May 26, 2020)
L.G. Barcus and Sons, Inc. closed the road to all traffic at noon on Monday, June 10. The bridge is scheduled to remain closed through September.
By contract, the contractor has up to 114 calendar days in which to complete the project.
To celebrate the new bridge, the city of Gower and Gower Area Chamber of Commerce are planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 19 at the bridge. Please check the city of Gower and Gower Area Chamber of Commerce’s social media accounts for updates and specifics on the planned ceremony.
The bridge reopened to all traffic Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
Old Castile Creek Bridge
Current Castile Creek Bridge
- Built in 1955
- Has central piers (supports) that allow drift and debris accumulation during flooding
- Is 28 feet wide: two 12-foot lanes with two-foot shoulders.
New Castile Creek Bridge
New Castile Creek Bridge
- Eliminate one pier/support
- Cuts down on drift and debris accumulation during flooding
- 32-foot wide roadway: two 12-foot lanes with four-foot shoulders
Castile Creek Bridge News
GOWER, Mo. – The Castile Creek Bridge, located just south of Gower on U.S. Route 169, closed to all traffic on June 10, 2019, for a bridge replacement project. The project to bring the 64-year-old Clinton County bridge up to current standards was...
GOWER, Mo. – The Castile Creek Bridge, located just south of Gower on U.S. Route 169, closed to all traffic around noon today. The road will remain closed through September for a bridge replacement project.
The project to bring the 64-year-old...
GOWER, Mo. – Weather has pushed the start date for the closure of the Castile Creek Bridge, located just south of Gower on U.S. Route 169, back. Originally scheduled to close Monday, June 3, the road will now close Monday, June 10, 2019.
GOWER, Mo. – Located just south of Gower on U.S. Route 169, the Castile Creek Bridge has served motorists since 1955. A replacement project to bring the Clinton County bridge up to current standards will be led by contractors from L.G. Barcus and...
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: The contractor may choose to construct the bridge in 2019 or 2020. If they choose to construct in 2019, they may begin as early at May 28, 2019 and must be complete by Sept. 20, 2019. If they choose to construct in 2020, they may begin as early as May 26, 2020 and must be complete by Sept. 18, 2020. Regardless of the year in which they choose to construct the bridge, they have a maximum of 114 calendar days to complete the project.
Q: What is the current proposed detour? REVISED as of May 15, 2019
A: The current plan (at right) is to redirect motorists via a signed detour over Routes 116, and E. Commercial truck traffic will be directed over Interstate 29 and Route 92.
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: The purchase of additional right of way is not anticipated at this time.
Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions?
A: Questions about the project may be directed to Customer Service.
Q: How can I stay updated on the projects progress?
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