MoDOT: the public will stay informed throughout Missouri River Bridge repairs

4 months 2 days 19 hours ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:21:00 AM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
By: Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Reporter
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ROCHEPORT  - Concerned drivers will have an opportunity to learn more about the 2020 Missouri River Bridge repairs in meetings with MoDOT, starting Thursday. 

MoDOT will have meetings through the end of July to provide information and answer questions about the construction in Rocheport. 

  • July 18, 4-6 p.m. at Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro, 14020 West Route BB, Rocheport, MO 65279
  • July 24, 4-6 p.m. at Boone County Goverment Center, 801 E. Walnut St., Columbia, MO 65201
  • July 30, 4-6 p.m. at Boonville High School, 1690 W. Ashley Road, Boonville, MO 65233

Melissa Wilbers, the MoDOT project manager, said, "We're sharing with the public the details of the project. When we are letting the project, the type of work that we are doing. It really just keeps them informed of what is coming up in the next year." 

In March, inspectors said the bridge was in poor condition and needed to be replaced. Wilbers said crews will repair the structure of the bridge and reseal the driving surface. The repairs are expected to add 10 to 15 years to the life of the bridge. 

Wilbers said the project will bring major delays to the surrounding areas. 

"There are projections of seven-to-nine mile backups," she said. "We've seen that in the inspection and during the expansion joint replacements."

The traffic will run head-to-head while crews are working on one side of the bridge. Wilbers said MoDOT will work to combat any delays by monitoring traffic, using signs and providing alternate routes. 

Drivers on I-70 expressed concerns that MoDOT's efforts will not be enough. They said they are eager to meet with officials and see what is coming. 

Construction is expected to begin in Spring of 2020. 

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