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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Bridge over troubled waters: Flooding delays completion of Route D work

  • Rehabilitation work on the Route D bridge over the Gasconade River in Phelps County has been delayed due to flooding.
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  • Rehabilitation work on the Route D bridge over the Gasconade River in Phelps County has been delayed due to flooding.
    The bridge was scheduled to re-open this Monday, Aug. 12.
    Contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)  began work on the structure July 9.  
    The work has  involved not  only replacing the bridge but realigning a small portion of the roadway.
    "We are waiting for the floodwaters to go down so we can determine if any additional work will be required before we can resume work on the bridge," said MoDOT Area  Engineer Preston Kramer. "Once the water goes down, we'll have a better idea of when the bridge will open."
    As of Friday afternoon the Gasconade River was still 10 feet above flood stage. Because of all the rain, Kramer noted that it has been difficult just to get in near the bridge.  
    Once there is a break in the weather, he noted that MoDOT and contractors will be doing all they can to get the bridge opened by the start of the first day of school.
    Newburg schools begin on Aug. 22. Jerome residents and students use that bridge daily to travel to and from Newburg.
    "We are going to do our best to have the bridge up and running before the start of school," said Kramer. " We just need Mother Nature to cooperate."

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