Several highway construction projects involving road closures will get underway this year in Osage and Miller Counties on Missouri 133 and Missouri 17.
If the weather permits, 133 will close at Sugar Creek in Meta on March 5 so crews can replace the bridge. The route will remain closed for approximately a month and a half.
"The community has expressed concern about the timing of this bridge closure, a second closure on 133 to realign the roadway south of Meta, and two bridge replacements on 17 in Miller County," said MoDOT District Design Engineer Nicole Hood. "Based on the comments we received, we've moved the Sugar Creek bridge work from late April to early March and the 133 realignment work back one month to September to better coordinate the timing of these construction projects."
The realignment of 133 south of Meta will close the route for about two and half months. Traffic will be detoured.
The current Sugar Creek Bridge on 133 was constructed in 1935. The replacement of the structure is part of MoDOT's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program.
The program includes work on two bridges in Miller County this year.
The Missouri 52 bridge over Humphreys Creek was built in 1932 and will close April 2 if the weather permits. The 17 bridge over Dog Creek will close May 21. It was constructed in 1926. Both bridges will close for about a month and a half.
A separate bridge replacement project on 17 over Saline Creek is scheduled in early June and will close the bridge for about three months. This bridge was built in 1925 and is located about three and a half miles north of the intersection of 17 and 52.
"The public understands the need to improve these bridges, but requested the closures on 17 in Miller County not occur at the same time as those on 133 near Meta," said Hood. "We've tried to listen to the concerns of the local communities and have been able to adjust the current construction schedules to accommodate this request."