SIKESTON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an open-house community briefing to discuss additional Safe & Sound bridge improvement projects in Butler County from 4 to 6 p.m. June 26 at Neelyville City Hall.
“Those interested in the upcoming projects can stop by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. to discuss the project plans with a member of the Safe & Sound team,” said Andy Meyer, district construction and materials engineer.
Improvements through Safe & Sound were considered to be complete in Butler County after the programmed projects were completed on Routes TT, OO and AA. However, savings were identified and to make the best use of taxpayers’ dollars, additional projects were prioritized, according to MoDOT.
One of the projects added to the statewide Safe & Sound program will replace the Route 142 bridge over Main Ditch in Butler County. Work to replace the bridge is expected to begin in early July, with completion anticipated in late August, weather permitting. The bridge will remain closed as construction is under way.
In addition, the Safe & Sound team is currently investigating the possibility of replacing the Route 142 bridge over Long Slough. The project could be completed in conjunction with the Main Ditch bridge replacement, resulting in one road closure to address two bridges.
The Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program was designed to repair or replace over 800 of the state’s lowest-rated bridges in five years. Currently, 735 bridges have been completed, and the program is on track to be completed this fall – over one year ahead of schedule.
For more information, contact Meyer at 573-472-5296, Assistant Resident Engineer Tammy Hefner at 573840-9781, 888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or visit www.modot.org/southeast/safeandsound.htm.