A full three weeks ahead of schedule, the Missouri Department of Transportation has reopened the Long Creek Bridge.
The bridge, which carries Missouri 86 traffic across Table Rock Lake between Ridgedale and Blue Eye, reopened to drivers at 8:15 a.m. on Friday. In a press release, MoDOT Senior Communications Specialist Angela Eden said crews completed the urgent repairs to the structural steel that connects the bridge’s driving surface to the truss support system, which was expected to take up to 30 days to complete.
“Due to thorough advanced planning which included having all the needed materials, using three highly-skilled MoDOT bridge crews – one from MoDOT’s Southeast District in Sikeston and two from MoDOT’s Southwest District in Springfield – working 12- to 14-hour days and less deterioration than expected, the work was completed much ahead of schedule,” Eden said in the press release.
MoDOT crews originally expected to replace the structural steel in 24 locations on the bridge and were also anticipating deterioration to additional steel bridge components underneath the bridge. However, by the end of the project, repairs were only needed in 22 locations and no additional deterioration was discovered, according to the press release.
The 25-ton weight restriction to the bridge has also been removed, as well as barricades on 86. Updated messages have been added to area electronic and changeable message boards and detour signs along Missouri 13, 76, 465 (Ozark Mountain Highroad), 86 and U.S. 65 will be removed at the start of next week, the press release stated.
The repairs to the bridge will keep it operational until MoDOT can conduct a full scale bridge rehabilitation or replacement project, which they are planning for 2022.