The Missouri Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of two bridges in Lafayette County Tuesday. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Lafayette County Presiding Commissioner Harold Hoflander:

Harold Hoflander

Hoflander says the project on Highway 24 is being completed just in time for the upcoming Battle of Lexington re-enactment this weekend, as the two bridges spanning Sni-A-Bar creek are scheduled to be open to traffic on Thursday. Hoflander says the two bridges were originally scheduled to be completed in succession, but he pushed to have them done at the same time. The closing of Highway 24 caused some problems over the summer as the original detour, Highway 224 between Lexington and Wellington, was closed due to flooding for the bulk of the months of June, July, and August.

MoDOT Area Engineer Mike McGrath says the two structures over Sni-A-Bar Creek were finished ahead of schedule. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Area Engineer Mike McGrath:

Mike McGrath

According to McGrath, 21 of the 22 bridges scheduled for repairs or replacement in Lafayette County have been completed in the Department of Transportation’s “Safe and Sound” program.