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This is part of a MoDOT program that will replace 802 bridges in Missouri over the next two years.
The new Route 125 bridge over Brush Creek is scheduled to be reopened in up to 20 days by early June.
The bridge project in Taney County is part of MoDOT’s Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement program that will replace or repair 802 bridges across Missouri by the end of 2013.
One other bridge in Taney County is scheduled for replacement this year. The Route 76 bridge across Beaver Creek, on east side of Bradleyville will be closed to build a new bridge starting Aug. 5. It is set to be reopened by Oct. 8.
Dates for the projects may change, MoDOT said.
Route 76 at Spring Branch west of Bradleyville, where a new bridge is near completion, was scheduled to be opened to traffic early this week. The Route 125 bridge over Brush Creek will close three to four days later.
Preparing for Route 125 Closing
Signs will be put up along Routes 125, 160 and 76 to mark the detour for the Route 125/Brush Creek project.
State highway traffic normally is not detoured onto county-maintained roads. However, local drivers familiar with the area will be able to use nearby county roads for a shorter route around the closed bridge.
MoDOT and contractors have alerted law enforcement, fire and ambulance agencies so they can plan how to respond to emergency calls with the bridge closed. The school district and post office also have been notified so they can adjust bus routes and mail carrier routes if necessary.
The Route 125 bridge over Brush Creek, about five miles south of Bradleyville, was built in 1946.
The old bridge will be replaced by a new one-span, concrete slab structure. The new bridge will be 75 feet long and 26 feet wide with two 12-foot wide driving lanes.
The prime contractor on the Route 125/Brush Creek bridge is KTU Constructors, a group of bridge design and construction companies. The group is replacing 554 bridges of the 802-bridge total in the Safe & Sound program for $487 million.
Kiewit Western Co., a KTU Constructors partner, will build the Route 125 bridge over Brush Creek.
As part of the Safe & Sound program, the road is closed where each bridge is being replaced or repaired. Closing the road enables workers to do the bridge project quicker, safer and cheaper.