Meeting planned in ER area

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Area residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Thursday, March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Station #1 in Eagle Rock.

The purpose of the meeting, which is being hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), is to discuss the replacement of the Highway E bridge that crosses Scotts Branch.

According to Shawn Matlock, MoDOT project manager, the project is part of the department's Safe and Sound Bridge improvement program.

"It is a narrow bridge, built in 1936," said Matlock.

The existing bridge is 18 feet wide and 54 feet in length. It will be replaced with a 24-foot wide bridge that is 90 feet long.

During the construction period, the highway will be closed to regular traffic. An emergency bypass will be constructed on the west side of the highway for use by emergency vehicles.

Matlock said the road would be closed for a relatively short amount of time.

"The road will close on March 28 and be back open on May 11," said Matlock. "That is six or seven weeks as compared to three to six months."

According to Matlock, a lot of the bridge is prefabricated, so the construction time is limited to tearing out the old bridge, erecting the prefabricated bridge and then building the approaches.

The bridge, which is located a few miles east of Highway 86 on Highway E, will be replaced under MoDOT's $487 million Safe and Sound Bridge improvement contract with KTU Constructors. Matlock said the bridge will be constructed by KTU crews and would not be subcontracted.

The purpose of Thursday's come-and-go meeting is to provide local residents with information about the bridge project and road closing.

Residents who cannot attend the meeting may call MoDOT at 1-888-275-6636 or e-mail

The Missouri Department of Transportation's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program is a two-pronged program to improve 802 of the state's lowest rated bridges in five years.

Some 248 bridges were identified for rehabilitation, and 174 of those projects were completed by the end of 2010. They are being put out for bid in groups according to location, type or size to expedite the design and construction process.

The other 554 bridges are scheduled for full replacement and have been packaged in a single design-build contract with KTU Constructors. By the end of 2010, 156 had been completed. More than 300 are scheduled for construction in 2011.

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