Motorists traveling Interstate 70 will be using alternate routes one night next week in order to make way for a new bridge on Callaway County Route D over the interstate.
The bridge replacement will begin on June 23 and the bridge will be closed for up to three months. Route D lanes will be closed starting at 9 a.m. as a contractor for the Missouri Department of Transportation begins preparing the bridge for demolition.
For the safety of workers and motorists, crews will be closing I-70 in both directions from Route A/Z to Route D/YY for one night while demolition takes place. This closure is expected to begin the evening of Tuesday, June 23rd. Single lane closures will start at 7 p.m., with a full closure expected at 9 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m.
During that time, eastbound I-70 travelers will be rerouted to exit 155 and westbound I-70 motorists will be rerouted to exit 161. Motorists from both directions will be using Route D and the I-70 North Outer Road through Williamsburg. Signs and crews will be guiding motorists through the detour route.
Motorists using Route D will be asked to find an alternate route throughout the replacement of the bridge.
Delays are likely while work takes place. MoDOT says they appreciate the patience of motorists and encourages all drivers to stay focused on the road, obey all traffic signs, and watch for workers on the road.
This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
In the event of inclement weather, the overnight closure of Interstate 70 would be moved to Wednesday, June 24th. If dates are changed, MoDOT will update motorists through digital signs on the road, social media, news releases and the Traveler Information Map.