The bridge on Route J west of Fairfax, built in 1952, is currently under construction. The new bridge will be built on the same alignment as the old bridge, but will be 24′ wide (versus the current 22) and will have 16″ safety barrier curbs on each side. (MoDOT photo)

Flooding has impacted nearly every aspect of life in Northwest Missouri since mid-March, including construction projects. The Tarkio River Bridge on Route J, just west of Fairfax, is no exception.

Contractors from Phillips Hardy, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, had to cease operations for about one month at the bridge due to high water. Now that the water has gone down a bit, crews were able to resume work the last week of June. Originally scheduled to go through August, the closure has now been extended and could run through the end of September, or longer if waters rise again.

Visit the project’s webpage to learn more about the plans for the new bridge and to sign up for project-specific updates via email at For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) or visit and view the online Traveler Information Map. In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on Twitter @MoDOTNorthwest and Facebook at