The East Outer Road Bridge over I-49 has been closed.
MoDOT closed the bridge, located 1-mile northwest of Harrisonville, Tuesday afternoon following a routine inspection that showed continued deterioration of a structural element.
The bridge, which connects Rockhaven Road with Peculiar Drive, is already is scheduled for bearing rehabilitation and deck replacement in 2016.
MoDOT inspectors are at the bridge evaluating the structure to determine the viability of making interim repairs now or letting the planned construction contract far sooner than originally scheduled.
Interim repairs – if possible – are expected to take days or weeks.
The bridge carries about 150 vehicles per day.