The U.S. 54 bridges over the on-ramp in Eldon will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting Monday and going through mid-May as crews make deck repairs and add a new driving surface.
This maintenance is part of a larger effort to rehabilitate eight bridges along U.S. 54 in Miller County and one bridge on Missouri 17 over U.S. 54 in Cole County, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release.
MoDOT expects this work will get an additional 20-25 years of service from each bridge before a deck replacement or bridge replacement is necessary.
The project began last summer and should be done this fall. So far work on four of the Miller County bridges has been completed:
U.S. 54 westbound over Little Gravois Creek — built in 1966.
U.S. 54 eastbound and westbound over Wrights Creek — both built in 1972.
U.S. 54 eastbound over the Rock Island Railroad, east of Missouri 87 — built in 1973.
The Miller County bridges left to be worked on are:
U.S. 54 eastbound and westbound over Business 54 — both built in 1973.
U.S. 54 eastbound and westbound over Old Tuscumbia Road — both built in 1973.
Work on the Missouri 17 bridge — built in 1972 — is scheduled to start this summer.
The total cost of the project is approximately $3.7 million, and Capital Paving and Construction is the contractor.