Broadway bridges reopen to traffic

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COLUMBIA - MoDOT reopened the bridge on East Broadway over Hominy Creek to full traffic Friday, six days ahead of schedule. Crews have been conducting improvement rehabilitation on the bridge for the last 39 days.

The work included improving the bridge deck and laying a new driving surface over the bridge. MoDOT officials said the improvements will extend the life of the bridge and work was for normal wear and tear.

During the closure time workers were also making improvements on the East Broadway bridge spanning Route 63. This reduced traffic to one lane as it crossed the bridge. Work was finished on that project Thursday. Both projects were completed ahead of schedule.

The bridgework was part of MoDOT's Mid-Missouri Bridge Maintenance project, which began in the spring. There are a total of 10 bridges being repaired as part of the project. Eight of those bridges are in the Columbia area. The Broadway bridges over Route 63 and Hominy Creek were the last two bridges in Columbia still under construction.

The remaining bridges slated for rehabilitation are the Route F bridge over Stinson Creek in Fulton and the Route 40 bridge over Moniteau Creek in Howard County. Those bridges are expected to be completed in November but work hasn't started yet. The full list of bridges can be found on the MoDOT website.

MoDOT said they are still working on the scheduling and will announce when they expect to close those bridges in the near future.