The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 12, 2013

Old bridge near Alba to come down

From staff reports

ALBA, Mo. — Jasper County Route O at the Spring River south of Alba is scheduled to close Monday in order to allow contractor crews to replace an aging bridge there.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said the Spring River bridge could remain closed until late October or early November. Once contractor crews close the bridge, crews have 90 calendar days to complete the project and reopen the bridge to traffic.

Contractor crews will tear down the existing bridge, which was built in 1935, and replace it with a new structure.

During the work, drivers will have to find alternate routes around the closing. No official detour will be signed. However, drivers can use Jasper County Route D, Route M and Route 43 to get around the closing.

The contractor is Hartman Construction, of Springfield. The construction cost is $708,000.