Crews finishing work on Missouri River Bridge

Jefferson City span will have new bicycle and pedestrian lane
Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 4:54 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Work is nearly done on a $6.7 million addition to the Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City that will give bicyclists and pedestrians a safe way to cross the span.

Crews are planning to remove work-zone barriers from the bridge between 7 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Work on the bicycle and pedestrian attachment has required narrow traffic lanes and slower speeds for nearly a year.

Finishing work on the addition will continue for about another week.

The attachment is on the downstream side of the bridge and features two lookout points with views of the Missouri Capitol. It also includes a ramp tower that will allow bicyclists and pedestrians to get from the bridge to ground level at the Carl R. Noren fishing access on the north side of the river.

The addition also will give users of the Katy Trail easier access to downtown Jefferson City.

A ribbon cutting for the project is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 8 at the Noren access.

More information about the bridge addition is available at the Transportation Department's central region website.

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