Updates to a bridge in Kingdom City began Tuesday. One lane will be closed on eastbound U.S. Route 54 over Interstate 70.
Missouri Department of Transportation Central District Area Manager Mike Schupp says that with condensed eastbound traffic, evening travelers are more likely to experience delays.
“I definitely expect it to slow down some in the evening hour,” said Schupp.
Schupp said that all on- and off-ramps to and from I-70 will remain open.
The bridge work, set to finish in November, is expected to extend the bridge’s life by 20 to 25 years. Schupp says the repairs will be extensive.
“This is a 60-day rehab on this bridge,” said Schupp, “We’re going to put a new concrete surface, new approach slabs.”
Approach slabs are the part of the road that transition roadways from land surface onto a bridge. According to MoDOT, the bridge project will be completed by November. This bridge is one of nine set to be repaired in Callaway County over the next year. The cost of the construction is $7.3 million. MoDOT plans to begin work on the westbound side of U.S. 54 in spring 2018.