190 to be closed July 29

Staff Writer
Linn County Leader
Linn County Leader

Crews will close Missouri Highway 190 at the Thompson River Bridge at 8 p.m., on July 29. Emergency vehicles only will be permitted to cross the bridge beginning the morning of July 30. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) non-emergency traffic will not be permitted to use the bridge until 3 p.m., on Aug. 1. The extended closure for non-emergency traffic is in order to allow the concrete on the new driving surface to completely cure. When the bridge reopens, it will again be open to only one lane, with the 10-foot width restriction in place.

A signed detour will be in place from July 29 through Aug. 1 directing motorists over Missouri Highway 190, U.S. Highway 65 and Route 6 through Trenton and Jamesport.

Contractors plan to have the bridge open to two-way traffic by Thanksgiving. As with all construction, work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

The bridge deck replacement project, led by contractors from Comanche Construction Inc., working with MoDOT has been active since early March on Missouri Highway 190 at the Thompson River Bridge just west of Chillicothe. The bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Up to this point, bridge construction has been staged to allow one lane of traffic over the bridge, with a 10-foot width restriction. For the casting of the bridge deck a full closure of the roadway is required.