MoDOT tells motorists not to cross Highway W bridge

Thursday, March 20, 2008

MoDOT has concerns about the Highway W bridge between Oran and Perkins, and vehicles that have been trying to cross what may be a structurally compromised span.

The agency sent out a news release Thursday afternoon warning drivers to leave barricades in place and not to cross the bridge.

"We are unsure of the structural condition of the bridge in conjunction with the current flooding and need motorists to leave the road barricades in place for their own safety," said Cheryl Ball, assistant to MoDOT's Southeast District engineer.

MoDOT will complete an assessment of the bridge "as soon as possible" and remove the barricades if the bridge is found to be safe.

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