According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), repairs are now underway on the bridge on Livingston County Route C over Shoal Creek, just south of Utica. Crews from the MoDOT closed the bridge on April 9 after a regularly scheduled inspection revealed critical deterioration to the structure. Flooding has caused some delay to the repair work, which began in earnest this week. MoDOT crews will be working to replace the old wood timber beams of the bridge with steel. The bridge is expected to remain closed through June. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route during the closure.

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.