MoDOT Starts Construction on Third Bridge in Howard County

7 years 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 05 2010 Oct 5, 2010 Tuesday, October 05, 2010 4:31:05 AM CDT October 05, 2010 in News
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HOWARD COUNTY - The bridge on Route DD in Howard County closed Monday so construction crews can start rebuilding it. It is the third bridge to be repaired by MoDOT in Howard County this year. The first was completed in July and the second was completed last week.

Paul Beeler owns B&B Auto Body Inc. just south of the closed bridge.  The road closure cuts him off from his home in Fayette, north of the bridge.  He now has to take a different way to work.

"It's probably going to make a mess out of my truck because I'm driving through gravel roads to get here," said Beeler.  "I go from driving four miles to my house to probably 10 miles, one direction."

He has noticed problems with the bridge.

"They've been welding steel under it for the last two winters, and there's actually a crack in the pavement on this end of the road," said Beeler.

MoDOT has finished repairing the two other bridges.  One is located on Missouri 124 east of Fayette.  The bridge completed Friday is on Route P, west of Fayette.

"A bridge deteriorates over time," said Aaron Peck, assistant to the resident engineer at MoDOT's Marshall office. "This is the best way to get them up to snuff and they can give us about 40 years of more service."

The bridges are expected to cost $600,000.

Beeler does not think his business will be affected too much because the bridge is expected to reopen in mid-December.

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