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Source: US State of Missouri

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – The Grand River Bridge on U.S. Route 65 in Livingston County will close next week as part of the bridge deck replacement project. The bridge is scheduled to close for the second of two scheduled bridge deck pours Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 12 a.m. The closure will continue through Saturday, Oct. 31, at noon.

Emergency vehicles ONLY will be permitted to cross the bridge beginning the morning of Oct. 29. Non-emergency traffic will be permitted to resume use of the bridge the afternoon of Oct. 31. The extended closure for non-emergency traffic is in order to allow the concrete on the new driving surface to completely cure. When the bridge reopens, it will again be open to only one lane, with the 11.5-foot width restriction in place.

All traffic will be directed over a signed detour route on Routes Z, C, DD, D and U.S. Route 36. The original detour utilized Route C between Route Z and U.S. Route 36; however, it was determined recently that a bridge along Route C is insufficient to carry the traffic volume that will be detoured off U.S. Route 65. Route C will be closed to all but local traffic – those living and/or working along Route C – during the U.S. Route 65 detour.

Additional work will be needed before the project is complete. Contractors plan to have the bridge open to two-way traffic in early December. As with all construction, work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

The project to replace the bridge deck over the Grand River, led by contractors from Radmacher Brothers Excavating Co., working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, has been active since early March on U.S. Route 65 at the Grand River Bridge just south of Chillicothe. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive alive. Drivers are urged to stay alert and pay attention to all roadway signing and barricades.

For more information about this and other MoDOT projects, visit and view the online Traveler Information Map. Also at, sign up online for work zone updates. Information is also available 24/7 at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or via social media.

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