Plans are underway for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to replace the bridge that spans the east fork of the Little Tarkio Creek between Tarkio and Burlington Junction, Missouri. The one lane bridge was built in 1929 and is now functionally obsolete. The central piers (supports) allow drift and debris accumulation during flooding. The new bridge will have two lanes with four foot shoulders and will be 32 feet wide (versus the current 20 feet). The bridge will be single span with no middle supports. This cuts down on drift and debris accumulation underneath.
The contractor will have authority to begin work September of 2017, but has until December 2018 to complete the job. Once the work does begin, that section of Highway 136 will be closed. Up to four months is allowed for road closure in the contract. The planned detour will be Route N to Hwy. 46 if you are west of the bridge and Hwy. 113 and Hwy. 46 if you are east of the bridge. Once the contract has been awarded, MoDOT will meet with the contractor to determine the exact schedule of closure.
For more information on this project, contact Transportation Project Manager Wes Moore, PE at 816-387-2499 or Wesley.Moore@modot.mo.gov.