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Bridge Replacement Plans, Public Meeting Announced

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) says plans are in the works to replace the Missouri Route 37 Bridge over Center Creek near Sarcoxie in 2019 or 2010.

The new bridge will be 10 feet wider and 15 feet longer than the current bridge, which was built in 1954. The cost for the project is about 1.7 million dollars. MoDOT officials say the project will take up to 150 days to complete. During the closing, a signed detour will be in place to get drivers around the work zone. Drivers will have access to driveways and entrances on either side of the bridge.

A phone-in public meeting is planned fo allow area residents can call in and ask questions about bridge replacement plans. MoDOT project experts will be available from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, by calling 417- 621-6310.

Those unable to call in during that time can visit www.modot.org/southwest and view information about the project. They also can make comments or submit questions via e-mail by clicking on the “Give us your comments on this project” link at the bottom of the project page.

State officials say about 800 vehicles use the bridge each day.  For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest) .

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