Drivers will need to find alternate routes around when the Roark Creek bridge on Missouri Route 43 south of Seneca is closed beginning the week of March 13, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Contractor crews will close the bridge so they can replace the deteriorating structure.

Once the bridge is closed, crews will have 80 calendar days to build the new bridge and have it open to traffic. Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the bridge closing.

There will be no signed detour, so drivers will need to find alternate routes around the work zone.

The existing bridge was built in 1941 and was requiring frequent repairs. The new bridge will be slightly wider than the existing one. Approximately 900 vehicles per day use this bridge.

Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.

Boone Construction Co., of Columbia, is the contractor with an estimated completed date in mid-summer. Cost of the project is $900,000.


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