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Friday, April 2, 2021

Bates County Route M/Osage River Bridge CLOSED Beginning Week of April 5th for Rehab Project

Bates County – Drivers should look for alternate routes when Bates County Route M at the Osage River bridge north of Schell City CLOSES the week of April 5, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.


Contractor crews will remove the bridge deck/driving surface and replace it with a new surface.


The bridge will remain closed for up to 112 days to complete the work.


The current structure was built in 1979 and is experiencing increasing deterioration. Approximately 238 vehicles cross the bridge daily.


As part of this project, a culvert located approximately one-half mile north of this bridge also will be replaced.


Traffic impacts:

  • All lanes of Route M will be CLOSED beginning the week of April 5 for the duration of the project
  • Drivers will have access to entrances on either end of the bridge, but will not be able to drive through the work zone
  • No detour will be signed, drivers are urged to find alternate routes around the project
  • Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the bridge closing


Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.


This contract also includes replacing the bridge deck/driving surface on Bates County Route B bridges over Camp Branch and Panther Creek. The work on these bridges will begin upon completion of the Route M bridge and culvert projects.


Project information:

  • Prime contractor – Lehman Construction LLC, California
  • Total project cost: $3.3 million
  • Contract completion date: December 1, 2021