At the end of March, construction will begin on the replacement of the McLean’s Creek Bridge as MoDOT retires the long-used structure.
The bridge, located just north of Winfield on Route 79, was constructed in 1938 and will be replaced with an improved version that provides an expanded driving surface.
“The existing bridge is a 110-foot long truss bridge,” said MoDOT Project Manager Kim Trainor. “And we will be replacing it with a new bridge that is 130 feet long, and it will be wider, it will be 32 feet wide.”
The contractor has 100 days to complete the project, Trainor said. The bridge must be closed, since it’s a total replacement, and there will be detours set up to lead drivers to appropriate alternate paths. The detour will take Routes Y, EE and Highway 47. Weather dependent, construction should start March 23.
“We’ve been replacing a lot of bridges along Route 79 in Pike and Lincoln County, so this actually kind of completes the list of bridges that need to be replaced along Route 79,” Trainor said. Some of those other bridge projects over the past several years include ones over Noix and Buffalo creeks in Louisiana and bridges over Calumet Creek, Ramsey Creek and Fox Creek in Pike County.
“And then this one that we’ll be doing in 2020 should wrap up the bridges on Route 79 that we’ve done,” Trainor said.
A public informational meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at City Hall in Winfield, located at 51 Harry’s Way. This is an open-house style meeting, so individuals may stop by anytime in that time to visit with MoDOT representatives about the project.
“There will be several displays showcasing the project detail, including the signed detour, as well as information on the upcoming area projects,” MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga said in a press release. “We encourage individuals to stop by the informational meeting, as well as, sign up for email and text alerts to stay up-to-date on the project,” he added.
All information shown at the public meeting will be available online the day of the meeting at www.modot.org/lincoln-county.