The near completion of 2 Route 24 bridges in Lafayette County is being celebrated with a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning. Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Mike McGrath says they hope to have the bridges completely open by Thursday. Click to hear McGrath.

Mike McGrath

“The 2 bridges are just about finished and we hope to have them open by the end of the day Thursday to get them open for the Battle of Lexington. Originally we planned to do these consecutively, but we had to do them together in order to accommodate the Battle of Lexington.

Area Engineer Mike McGrath says the structures were worked on simultaneously to accommodate the Battle of Lexington. Click to hear McGrath.

Mike McGrath

“We found a way to close them both. These are a part of our Safe and Sound Bridge Program. We only have one bridge left that is part of the program left in the county. We want to thank the citizens of Lafayette County for their patience, and we are glad we were able to open the bridges in time for the Battle of Lexington.”


Press Release from the Missouri Department of Transportation:

LAFAYETTE COUNTY – The Missouri Department of Transportation will celebrate the near completion of two Route 24 bridges on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on the Big Sni-A-Bar River Bridge just east of Route 131. Both bridges are scheduled to reopen to traffic by the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 15.

MoDOT, state, and Lafayette County officials will cut a ribbon and mark the openings. MoDOT and its contractor, L.G. Barcus and Sons, were able to close the bridges simultaneously, minimizing the impact on the surrounding community and local events to include the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington.

When completed at the end of 2013, the Safe & Sound Improvement Program will replace or improve 802 of the state’s worst bridges, most of which are located on rural routes. In the Kansas City District, MoDOT will replace or repair 145 bridges – 22 in Lafayette County. Once the Route 24 bridges open, only one bridge remains in the county.
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