Route J will close at the bridge during construction

FAIRFAX, Mo. – Located just west of Fairfax on Route J, the Tarkio River Bridge has served motorists since 1952. A replacement project to bring the Atchison County bridge up to current standards will be led by contractors from Phillips Hardy, Inc., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation. Crews will close the bridge Monday, April 15, 2019, to all traffic. Work will continue through the summer and contractors plan to reopen the bridge at the end of August.

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

As with all construction, work is weather permitting and schedules are subject to change.

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