Old Spring Bluff Road Bridge Project Underway
Motorists traveling Old Spring Bluff Road will notice that a portion of the roadway is now closed due to the replacement of a stressed bridge that can no longer carry weight loads, including school buses.
According to Charlie Clonts, Board member of the Sullivan Special Road District, Missouri Department of Transportation listed the bridge as a stressed bridge. It restricted the weight limit on the bridge that excluded even school buses.
The Special Road District hired Cochran Engineering some time ago and determined that the weight limited could be increased as the district worked to obtain grant funding to replace the bridge.
Recently the district was approved for an 80/20 federal grant through MoDot to replace the bridge.
The project was awarded to Brenneke Construction, Jefferson City, for $548,165.20. Cochran Engineering will provide engineering services for the project.
According to Clonts, the project is needed to ensure that residents can still travel the roadway, and buses can run their school routes.
The grant took nearly five years to obtain, according to Clonts, and was a prolonged process.
“This is a 90-day contract to replace this bridge with the contractor working five days a week, Monday through Friday, pending weather days,” said Clonts, “We hope to see the project completed in November, again depending on weather.”