Recent bridge inspections have revealed deterioration, requiring the Missouri Department of Transportation to restrict heavy loads —  including loads of grains or grain co-products — on the Route 51/Chester Bridge over the Mississippi River in Perry County to 25 tons. 

New weight-limit signs will be installed on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The bridge will remain open to traffic.

Plans for bridge repairs are underway. Additional information regarding timelines will be released. Once bridge repairs are completed, MoDOT said the load posting will be increased to 40 tons.