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December 11, 2014 09:36 AM
Weight Restriction Placed on Macon County Route D Bridge in LaPlata

HANNIBAL - The Santa Fe railroad bridge on Macon County Route D in LaPlata has been load posted with a restriction of no vehicles over 20 tons.

During an inspection, MoDOT officials found structural deficiencies in this bridge. "It is imperative for vehicles over 20 tons to use alternate routes and not cross the bridge," said MoDOT District Engineer Paula Gough. "Compliance with this restriction is necessary to keep all travelers safe and allow the bridge to stay open to traffic," she added.

Lighted message boards are in place to alert motorists of this change. In addition to the weight limit on the bridge, all overweight, over-dimension permit traffic are permanently restricted.  A graphic showing examples of vehicles and their tonnage is attached. The graphic does not include farm equipment, yet these are included in the restrictions. Motorists are encouraged to know the weight of their vehicles and equipment and to comply with the restrictions.

This bridge is 79 years old. However, the average Missouri bridge is 46 years old, but most were designed for a 50-year life. "Our engineers are evaluating what, if anything, can be done to repair these bridges to lift the restrictions," Gough explained, "But, there are many bridges all over the state in need of attention," she said, and added there is a significant lack of funding for transportation infrastructure not only in Missouri, but across the country.

The majority of bridges in northeast Missouri are routinely inspected late fall and winter. "We still have more than 100 bridges to be inspected in northeast Missouri, and will continue to take whatever actions are necessary to keep motorists safe," Gough explained. "We will keep local officials, schools and area residents informed of what decisions are made about these bridges," she said.

For more information on the bridge restrictions and closures around the state, you can visit our website at http://www.modot.org/Bridges/. If you have questions, please call MoDOT's toll-free customer service number at 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636).

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