Route 60 bridge rehabilitation project set to begin

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Project starts week of Aug. 5; traffic congestion expected


Drivers in Barry County can expect increased traffic congestion and delays on U.S. Route 60 in Monett when a bridge rehabilitation project begins the week of Aug. 5, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. 

Contractor crews will begin installing work zones signs and restriping Route 60 between Hickory Street and Route 37 the week of July 29. 

At mid-morning on Aug. 5, Route 60 will be reduced to one lane in each direction and shifted to the eastbound side of Route 60. Route 60 will remain in a “head-to-head” traffic configuration for up to 100 days. 

The project will replace the bridge deck (driving surface) of the westbound Route 60 over Waldensian Street and the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad tracks. Crews also will repair the steel girders and other bridge components underneath the bridge during the project. 

Contractor crews have 100 calendar days to complete the project and restore Route 60 to four lanes. The project is scheduled for completion before Thanksgiving. 

Route 60 will be reduced to one lane in each direction and shifted to the eastbound bridge between a point west of Route 37 and a point west of Hickory Street. 

Drivers can expect backups on Route 60, particularly at the Route 37 intersection. 

Waldensian Street underneath the bridge will be closed from Aug. 5 until the project is complete. Drivers are urged to find alternate routes during the street closing. 

The Monett Police Department, along with MoDOT traffic engineers, will monitor traffic congestion. The traffic signal timing at the Route 37/Route 60 intersection may be modified, if necessary. 

Large trucks are encouraged to find alternate routes, including I-44 and I-49. 

Weather and/or construction delays could alter the work schedule. 

The prime contractor is Hartman and Company of Springfield. The total project cost is $1.4 million.  

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