The Katy Trail Overpass Project has been given notice to proceed by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Work on the project is slated to begin March 14, two weeks later than the original start date of March 1.
According to information provided by the Pettis County Commissioners, MoDOT’s work schedule allows for 10 night closings of U.S. Highway 50.
“We have not been given a specific list of when Highway 50 will be closed at night,” Eastern Commissioner Brent Hampy said. “Detour route maps have been provided and both motorists and pedestrians are urged to use the routes to allow the contractors the opportunity to do their work.”
The project calls for the demolition and removal of the two structures that overpass Highway 50 between Massachusetts Avenue and Hancock Avenue.
The bridge is being replaced to improve the clearance for vehicles using Highway 50.
The current structure has a clearance of 13 feet, 9 inches and will be replaced with a structure that will have no height clearance restrictions, the commissioners said.
“The plans are to construct the bridge at a height of 16 feet to 19 feet,” Hampy said. “Any structure that has a clearance of 16 feet or more is considered unrestricted for height.”
Other improvements to the bridge include side fences to protect pedestrians who use the bridge as well as motorists using Highway 50 from items being thrown from the bridge deck.
The new bridge is a pre-fabricated structure and will be placed onto the framework. Once set, the bridge will have a concrete deck poured as well as two concrete approaches.
The existing structure has been in place since 1936.
“At the time the existing bridge was built, there were seven tracks that crossed Highway 50,” Hampy said. “The 1936 bridge consolidated those seven to three when it was constructed.”
The project has a 90-day work order and is expected to be completed by May 31, weather permitting.
“We believe the construction will be completed by the Scott Joplin (International Ragtime) Festival and Queen of the Prairies (Festival of Arts) in early June,” Hampy said. “The County is grateful to MoDOT, the City of Sedalia and the county taxpayers for their funding to have this project completed.
“We also want to thank the residents in advance for their patience and support during the project,” Hampy added.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484