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Published August 9, 2017

Route D bridge opening delayed

CAMDEN COUNTY – Frustrated drivers anxiously awaiting the re-opening of Route D will have to remain frustrated a while longer due to work not passing inspection by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

The completion date for the new Route D bridge over Bank Branch in Camden County will be delayed by about three weeks because the concrete piers built to support the bridge did not pass inspection.

The bridge was originally scheduled to open to traffic in mid-August, with all work scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30, however, an inspection of the new piers revealed they did not meet specified standards and it will take an additional three weeks to correct the issue.

MoDOT officials are working with the contractor, KCI Construction, to get the bridge open to traffic by Labor Day.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience this delay will cause and we’re working to ensure the contractor completes the project as quickly as possible,” said Chris Graham, resident engineer for MoDOT’s Central District.

Work to replace the 58-year old bridge began June 15. The bridge is located approximately four miles south of Route 54 in Camden County and 12 miles north of Route E in Laclede County. The entrance to Ha Ha Tonka State Park is north of the closure and has remained open during the project.

KCI Construction was awarded the contract after submitting the low bid of $1,177,700 and the work was scheduled to take place for 60 days.

Since the bridge is closed, drivers who usually use that route have to travel a detour of 37 miles. The detour consists of (from Highway 54 in Camdenton) south Route 5 into Laclede County to Route E and then over Route E to Route D.

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