People living near or driving by the Grand River Overflow Bridge on Chariton County Route 139 have not seen activity at the site for some time. The bridge construction required significant amounts of dirt to be moved and placed at the site, which needed time to settle and compact before construction on the new bridge can continue. MoDot reports that the settlement phase is almost complete and, pending geotechnical testing, the contractor plans to resume work building the new structure over the Grand River Overflow on Monday. The roadway is scheduled to reopen to all traffic in early July. During the closure, motorists may use one of two signed detours: North: Over Route H, U.S. Route 65, U.S. Route 36, and Route 5, and South: Over U.S. Route 24, Route 11, Route CC, and Route E
Maps of the detour routes and more information about the project can be found on the project’s website. The Missouri Department of Transportation contracted with Boone Construction Company to replace the structurally deficient 57-year-old bridge. This bridge is included in Governor Mike Parson’s 351 million dollar Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.