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The bridge on Hemstreet Road over the North Moreau Creek in Cole County will close permanently Nov. 2.

A project to demolish the bridge and approaching roadways will take place next year, Cole County Public Works officials said in a news release.

Missouri Department of Transportation officials told the county the condition of the bridge had deteriorated to a point more routine, in-depth structural inspection would be needed unless significant repairs were made, according to the news release.

"The serviceable life of this bridge has come to an end, and it is no longer feasible to maintain it in a condition necessary to ensure that it is safe for public use," county engineer Eric Landwehr said.

This bridge has had a posted 12-ton weight limit for several years and has a daily traffic count of fewer than 50 vehicles per day, Landwehr said.

It was built in 1930 and was part of the MoDOT highway system until the 1970s, when Route C was constructed on a new alignment. At that time, ownership of the bridge was transferred to Cole County for maintenance, he said.

"Residents on both sides of the bridge now have easy access to Route C," Landwehr said. "A replacement for this bridge would cost in excess of $1 million, which is not feasible for that low of a traffic count, and there are reasonable alternate options for access."

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