Missouri Department of Transportation contractors will begin the replacement of a bridge over Dry Fork Creek in Crawford County included in Governor Mike Parson’s Focus on Bridges program.

Contractors will begin the replacement of the Route 49 bridge over Dry Fork Creek in Crawford County on Monday, Jan. 20. The Missouri Department of Transportation said the bridge to the west of Cherryville will be reduced to one lane while work takes place. 

Temporary traffic signals will be in place to guide traffic through the work zone, the department said. 

The project is scheduled to be complete by July 1, and is part of the Focus on Bridges program launched by a $50 million appropriation from general revenue by the Missouri General Assembly in May. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation then received an $81.2 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which triggering another $301 million in bonding revenue for the program.

The program will repair or replace 250 of the state’s poorest bridges, with the bonds repaid out of state general revenue over a seven year period, Parson’s office said in a release.