Work on the 61-year-old Gasconade County Route T bridge starts this week over the Bourbeuse River, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced today.

The existing Bourbeuse River Bridge was built in 1958 and has been impacted by deterioration. The bridge deck was in critical condition during its last inspection, and a bridge replacement was deemed necessary.

The existing Route T bridge, south of Owensville, is 20 feet wide, and the new bridge will have a deck width of 24 feet, increasing traffic safety, according to MoDOT. The total construction cost for the project is $1.8 million, with work scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. 

During construction Route T will be closed at the bridge location, between Route V and Herbert Road, for up to four and a half months, with construction expected to be complete by December 2019. 

Signs will alert motorists of the closed road and a detour will be signed during construction. You can find a detour map here. Drivers are asked to seek alternate routes around the construction.

All work is weather permitting.