Despite a caved-in highway and a delayed bridge construction project, school is in session Thursday in Newburg.
Heavy rains and flooding earlier this month caused a section of Route T between Doolittle and Newburg to cave in.
In the case of the Highway D Bridge over the Gasconade River near Jerome, reconstruction of the bridge was scheduled to be completed by Aug. 12.
However, wet weather has caused the project's completion date to be pushed back to Friday, Aug. 30.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced that Route T would be closed for repairs through Aug. 30, as well.
According to Newburg School District Transportation Director and High School Principal Steve Guffey, the big inconvenience in all of this is for the parents and students of Jerome.
"We have about 35 to 40 students who come over from Jerome," said Guffey. "With the bridge still being out, it will add around about 30 minutes to and from school."
The school district worked out a plan to allow Jerome resident and school bus mechanic Larry Prewett to bring a bus home with him during this time and to pick up area students and to transport them to Newburg and back home.
This plan was presented to parents and students on Monday, Aug. 19, by school administrators.
"The Jerome parents are very understanding of the situation," Guffey told the Daily News. "They have been delayed now for over six weeks."
Guffey explained that the plan for the four buses that use Route T is to have them detoured through Lee Street. He added that if that becomes too much of a hassle, then they will use Macarthur Street.
"We can handle both of these issues for a week," noted Guffey.
However according to MoDOT Area Engineer Preston Kramer, the work on both Route T and the Route D bridge may be wrapped up before Aug. 30.
"The contractors are already at work on the highway and it's our hope to have both of these projects ready sooner than later," he said.