Repairs to the bridge should be completed in May.

The Livingston County Route C Shoal Creek Bridge, just south of Utica, was closed Tuesday, April 9 after a regularly scheduled inspection revealed critical deterioration to the structure. Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) are working to complete necessary repairs and plan to reopen the bridge late May. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route during the closure.

According to a press release from MoDOT, the Shoal Creek Bridge was built in 1933 and carries approximately 310 vehicles a day. All bridges throughout the United States are federally required to be inspected at least every two years. MoDOT’s Northwest District has more than 1,300 bridges among its 20 counties. This program of inspection, repair and maintenance of the more than 10,000 bridges across the state ensures the bridges are kept in the best possible condition for as long as possible for those traveling across Missouri’s roadways.