Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) engineers said the state Route U Bridge over Flat Creek in Pettis County will reopen to travel Friday morning, pending final inspections on Thursday.
“It’s scheduled to open on Friday. We are going to have a semi-final field check on it on Thursday. That just kind of goes through and makes sure everything is completed and it’s ready to open,” said Mike McGrath, MoDOT Kansas City Area Engineer.
The project consisted of stripping the deck down to the steel girders and replacing the concrete deck. The bridge pillars and other major supports were deemed sound and not replaced.
“This was just a deck replacement. It wasn’t a complete bridge replacement,” McGrath said. “We just took the deck off and replaced it. Usually what happens, on certain types of bridges you lose the deck much quicker and have to replace it. The chemicals get to that part first and it deteriorates much more quickly than the rest of the bridge.”
In 2011, the Missouri Department of Transportation identified 22 Pettis County bridges that should be repaired under the state’s Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement program. While that program has ended, MoDOT continues to work on some remaining projects.
“We finished that a couple years ago. This was just an additional bridge that was on our list,” said McGrath.
The deck replacement began June 2, taking approximately 60 days to complete.