This summer, MO 79 will temporarily close to traffic in order to replace two bridges; the Little Calumet Creek Bridge between Clarksville and Louisiana in Pike County, and the Lost Creek Bridge at in Elsberry.
The contract for both bridges was awarded to R. V. Wagner, Inc. of St. Louis, MO for $1,732.969.16.
The 78-year-old Little Calumet Creek Bridge will be replaced sometime this summer with a new, 32 foot wide bridge with 11 foot lanes and five foot shoulders. The bridge replacement should take approximately 45 working days.
The 75-year-old Lost Creek Bridge will be replaced with a new 32 foot wide bridge with 12 foot lanes and four foot shoulders. The bridge replacement should take approximately 25 working days and will not close for construction until after July 15.
The bridges will not be closed simultaneously, however construction of both bridges is expected to be completed by October 1. MoDOT will send out road closure and detour information prior to the projects beginning and road closure signs will be in place notifying motorists of the work. Some areas of the road will remain open to residential traffic only; all other traffic must take alternate routes during this time.
For additional information about this project or other transportation issues, please call MoDOT’s toll-free customer service number at 1-888-275-6636 (ASK MODOT) during normal business hours or visit their website at http://modot.org/northeast.