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27 September 2010

Nance: Route D Bridge over Crooked River Being Replaced with Safe & Sound

RAY COUNTY, MO. - The Missouri Department of Transportation continues to replace or rehabilitate bridges in Ray County and across the Kansas City District as part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. Crews will close Route D at Crooked River to replace the 56 year old bridge on Monday, September 27 through November 19, weather permitting.

Once crews close the Route D Bridge, the more than 1096 motorists using this bridge daily will need to seek an alternate Route. A detour will be in place during the road closure. Motorists can head north from Lawson on Route 69 to Route 116, east to Polo and south on Route 13 to reach Route D.

Currently, the Route K Bridge over Crooked River is closed and expected to open by October 16, and the Route T over Rollins Creek is closed and expected to open by October 20. All work is weather permitting. Crews recently completed the Route A Bridge over Crabapple Creek near Hardin, opening that bridge on schedule.  The remaining bridges to be done this year include the Route B at Cottonwood Creek and the Route E at Mud Creek, both closing this fall.

In the last 18 months, 224 bridges across the state have been repaired or replaced, with a new bridge being opened every two-and-a-half days.  When completed at the end of 2013, the Safe & Sound program will replace or improve 802 of the state's worst bridges, most of which are located on rural routes.  In the Kansas City area, MoDOT will replace or repair 145 bridges - 22 in Ray County to be complete within the next three years.

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