The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted HDR Engineering to design repairs to the East Outer Road Bridge over Interstate 49.
The “bridge with no exits” is located one mile northwest of Harrisonville.
MoDOT officials are expecting the bridge can be redecked and opened by early summer.
The bridge was closed Dec. 10 following a routine inspection that showed continued deterioration of a structural element and will remain closed until permanent repairs are completed.
According to MoDOT, the initial inspection convinced engineers that no safe temporary repair could be made to re-open the bridge sooner. MoDOT has chosen to accelerate previously scheduled deck replacement and structural repairs and re-open the bridge as soon as possible.
The bridge, which connects Rockhaven Road with Peculiar Drive over I-49 northwest of Harrisonville, was scheduled for rehabilitation and deck replacement in 2016.
MoDOT plans to open bids on the contract Friday, Feb. 14 so that construction can begin as soon as the contractor can mobilize and weather will allow. Design engineers expect the bridge to re-open no later than Tuesday, July 1, but possibly earlier if material manufacturing and weather don’t create delays.
Local access remains available by way of Peculiar Drive from the north and Rockhaven Road from the south.