New Bridge to Open in Miller County
MILLER COUNTY - A construction project that lasted a year and a half is almost finished, but not before it causes some traffic problems.
MoDOT finished construction of the new bridge over the Osage River near Tuscumbia.
Even though crews close the old bridge Thursday, the new one won't be open to traffic until Monday morning.
Crews start construction on connections from Route 17 to the new bridge around 8:00 a.m. Thursday, and it's expected to take four days.
While both bridges are closed travelers in the area will be redirected around the area on route 17, route c, route 42, us. 54 and route 52.
The new bridge is safer than the existing one it is eight feet wider and includes shoulders.
And about half a mile of new roadway was constructed to increase sight distance on the south side of the bridge.
The new bridge was the first project in the nation to start as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The 8.5 million dollar contract to build the new bridge and demolish the existing one was given to a construction firm out of Kansas City.
There will be a ribbon cutting Monday at 10:00a.m. After the ceremony there will be a parade across the new bridge.
Following the parade the bridge will open up to traffic.