For more information, please contact Tana Akright, MoDOT Customer Relations Specialist at 573-248-2465
HANNIBAL - The bridge on Missouri Route 79 over Guinn's Creek south of Annada has a new weight limit restriction of 15 tons for single unit vehicles and 25 tons for combination vehicles beginning Friday, December 19."Crews have worked throughout the week attaching 12 plates under the structure allowing us to increase the load posting," explained Paula Gough, MoDOT district engineer. "However, this is only a temporary fix that may help keep the bridge open a few more years," Gough said. "The weight restrictions will only allow vehicles 30,000 pounds or less for a single unit vehicle to legally cross the bridge and 50,000 pounds or less for combination vehicles; it is imperative commercial and agriculture traffic obey the posted weight limit, and take other local routes such as US Route 61 and 54 if they exceed the posted weight limits," she added.On November 19, MoDOT officials found continued deterioration that affected the capacity of the bridge, requiring the bridge to have the weight limit posted at 10 tons. Following the repairs this week, the new weight restriction at Guinn's Creek is effective immediately; all overweight, over-dimension permit traffic remains permanently restricted. The bridge over Big Calumet Creek located just south of Route N near the north city limits of Clarksville will remain posted at the 10 ton weight limit; replacement of Big Calumet and Guinn's Creek Bridges is the only option from this point for removing the load postings."These bridges are another unfunded transportation need in Missouri and are not included in our five-year construction program. While it is safe to cross these bridges within the posted limits, the restrictions are necessary to avoid catastrophic failure of the bridges, which is possible if heavier vehicles attempt to cross," said Gough.Without additional funding for Missouri's transportation system, bridges like these on MO 79 will have to continue to be load posted and monitored regularly to ensure safety. If you have questions about this bridge, please call MoDOT's toll-free customer service number at 1-888 ASK MODOT(275-6636).