The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) held a public meeting on Tuesday, September 26, to discuss the upcoming Route 49 project which includes replacing the bridge over Big Creek just outside of Annapolis.
Set to begin in May 2018, the project aims to replace the bridge and make for a more stable roadway after major damage was inflicted up on it during the flooding back in the Spring.
It is estimated that there are around 1,200 drivers that cross the bridge each day with 12 percent being semi traffic. It has yet to be determined how the road closure will be handled. MoDOT has given the public three options in which to voice their opinion.
For a better idea of the different routes, you can view a color map on MoDOT’s website.
Option one, the yellow route, is the cheapest and results in the bridge only being repaired, not replaced, and the road could be closed up to four months. The cost of repairing the bridge is estimated to be $1,550,000.
Option two, the blue route, also keeps the bridge open and is the most expensive of the three options. It would mean no road closure and will also rid the curve at the end of F Highway. The cost of completely replacing the bridge and adjusting the highway is estimated to be $4,4000,000.
Option three, the pink route, will keep the bridge open and be rid of the curve at the end of F Highway.
For both of the latter options, the old bridge would remain open while a new one is being built. The cost of replacing the bridge and adjusting the highway is estimated to be $4,100,000.
The recommended speed over the bridge is currently 35 mph. The yellow route will allow the speed to remain the same, the blue route will increase the speed limit to 50 mph, and the pink route will increase the speed to 55 mph. So far no property has been purchased by MoDOT as they are still taking public input.
Want to offer your own input? Flyers are available to be filled out through MoDOT allowing community members to voice their opinions. Comments can also be made at www.modot.org/ southeast/news_and_information/public_meetings. MoDot asks for your input as they know that this particular amount of bridgework will greatly impact the Annapolis area and those who travel on Highway 49 daily.
For more information you can contact Project Manager Pete Berry at (417) 469- 6242 or Transportation Project Designer Tim Pickett at (573) 472-5292.