COLUMBIA — The North Fork Grindstone Creek Bridge on Route WW will close completely and be replaced Feb. 21, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release.
To save time and construction costs, the bridge located east of U.S. 63 will shut down for 54 days. The closing will affect local drivers who will be forced to take alternate routes.
The current bridge was built in 1961. MoDOT Area Engineer Mike Schupp said in a news release that it has been deteriorating. He said they will work as quickly as possible to get the roadway up and running once again.
This project is part of MoDOT’s Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program, which plans to replace or restore 802 bridges in need. The department already has repaired more than 300 bridges across the state as part of the project, which is set to continue through 2013.
The Public Works Department suggested that motorists use Richland Road on the east side or Keene Street on the west side to avoid the construction area. The construction may be delayed if weather is not permitting.
For more information on the closure, visit modot.org/central, or contact the MoDOT customer service center at 888-275-6636.