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MoDOT begins talk of Elsberry Lost Creek Bridge closing

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

Shown above is how Lost Creek Bridge looks today. The new bridge, once complete will have 12-foot lanes with five-foot shoulders and no truss.

What was such a controversial issue in 2012, might relive itself again in 2013 as MoDOT Engineer Erik Maninga shares their plans for the Lost Creek Bridge closing, set for later this year.

Many commuters felt the wrath of dust as they attempted to travel south down Hwy. 79 in 2012, during the Sandy Creek Bridge closing. It was almost 45-days of grit and white blinding dirt that seemingly left hundreds of travelers wondering, “When will this end?” Well it finally did in late September. However, the question then became, “When do we have to relive this agony.”

According to Maninga, this time around should be much similar and significantly faster, as they begin talks of a late summer closing to rebuild the Lost Creek Bridge, just south of Elsberry.

“It is an old bridge that has well served its purpose over the last 80-years,” said Maninga. “But having said that, it is an 80-year-old bridge and safety has become a concern.”

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