Route 96 Bridge Over BNSF Railroad in Carthage OPEN to Traffic - KOAM TV 7

Route 96 Bridge Over BNSF Railroad in Carthage OPEN to Traffic


Where: Missouri Route 96 bridge over the BNSF railroad in Carthage

When: Noon, Monday, July 17

What: Missouri Route 96 bridge over the BNSF railroad is OPEN to traffic after contractor crews completed replacement of the old bridge

Project details:

·         Project included two bridges – Route 96 over BNSF and Spring River Overflow

·         Demolition of both bridges began in late February

·         Bridge over the railroad, built in 1934, was closed to traffic Sept. 1, 2016 when inspection of the bridge revealed additional deterioration

·         Bridge over the railroad was widened to include 12-foot driving lanes, six-foot shoulders and a five-foot wide protected pedestrian walkway

·         Overflow bridge was replaced with 12-foot driving lanes and 10-foot shoulders, and was reopened on June 7

·         Total cost to replace both bridges: $6.2 million

·         Prime contractor: Clarkson Construction Co., Kansas City

·         Contractor has some minor clean-up work remaining on the project that won’t impact traffic.

·         The contract completion date: October 15, 2017

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