Lane closure is part of an ongoing bridge deck replacement project

A rehabilitation project to place a new bridge deck The Grand River Bridge on U.S. Highway 65 south of Chillicothe begins a new phase next week. Contractors from Radmacher Brothers Excavating Co. working with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will narrow the bridge to one lane beginning Monday, April 13, according to a MoDOT press release. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

The first portion of the project, which was completed last week, was the relocation of an access road on the north side of the bridge.

Bridge construction begins at 7 a.m., Monday, April 13, and will be staged to allow one lane of traffic over the bridge throughout much of the project, with an 11.5-foot width restriction. Temporary traffic signals will be used to guide motorists through the work zone. Drivers may expect delays.

During two portions of the project to connect the new bridge deck with the roadway, a complete closure of U.S. Highway 65 at the bridge will be necessary. The exact dates of the closures are not known at this time, but one is anticipated in mid-to-late June and one in mid-to-late October. During those closures, traffic will be directed over a signed detour route on Routes Z, C and U.S. Highway 36.

According to the press release, crews plan to have the bridge open to two-way traffic before Thanksgiving.