Work is scheduled to begin this month on a major project to realign a section of Highway 47 at Hopewell Hill in Warren County.

Erik Maninga, MoDOT area engineer for Warren County, said Monday that a meeting is scheduled Tuesday, April 15, at the Warrenton Fire Protection District office to explain the impacts of the project. The open house meeting will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

MoDOT recently awarded the contract for the project to HR Quadri Contractors Inc., Van Buren, Maninga said. The company submitted the low bid of $2.345 million.

Maninga said that there will be times when the highway will have to be closed for short periods while blasting work is under way. It could take up to eight weeks to complete the blasting, he told members of the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee.

Maninga said the contractor is scheduled to start work April 9.

Utility relocation work already is under way in preparation for construction.

Plans call for two sharp S curves to be eliminated, and for 11-foot driving lanes with 4-foot shoulders to be constructed along the six-tenths of a mile section.

Maninga said the project will require closing the highway at that point for about 18 days between June 1 and Aug. 15.

During that time, traffic will be detoured around the work site via Routes O and M.

The contract calls for completing the work by Sept. 1.

Bridge Project

Another project on Highway 47 in Warren County scheduled this year is replacement of the bridge over Lake Creek, just south of Highway 94 at Dutzow.

The bridge will be built in two phases. The first phase will involve constructing a new, 15-foot-wide lane. In the second phase, a new 12-foot-wide driving lane will be constructed.

The 15-foot lane will be wide enough to accommodate large farm equipment, Maninga said.

That was a concern expressed by area farmers when plans for the new bridge were presented at an open house meeting to outline the project and address questions and concerns.

Temporary signals will be used to direct traffic during the project, but flaggers may be used during peak times if traffic gets too congested, Maninga said.

MoDOT is looking at a 75-day schedule to complete the new bridge, but plans to build in incentives for the contractor if work is completed sooner.

There also will be some temporary lane closures using flaggers before and after bridge construction to repair shoulders and resurface the Highway 47 and Highway 94 intersection. These closures will occur during nighttime hours.

The new bridge will feature a 40-foot-wide roadway with 12-foot lanes, 8-foot shoulders, and will be 138 feet long.

The existing bridge, built in 1933, is only 26 feet wide and 113 feet long.

Planners expect work on the bridge project to begin June 5.