Box Culvert to Be Constructed at New Bridge Site

Bend Road and Bend Bridge was closed Friday to traffic for the construction of a new box culvert across Bend Road north of the bridge at the point where the new span will connect with Highway N. The closure will be for two to three weeks. Missourian Photo.

The Old Bend Bridge and Bend Road will be closed to traffic for two to three weeks beginning Tuesday, Sept. 12, according to the contractor who is constructing the bridge.

Lehman Construction, based in California, Mo., notified the Franklin County Emergency Management office of the closure Aug. 29.

The road and bridge will be closed to traffic for construction of a new box culvert across Bend Road north of the bridge at the point where the new span will connect with Highway N.

The box culvert, which replaces an older drain, was constructed off-site and will be delivered to the site for installation.

Construction of the bridge began in October 2016 and progressed on schedule until rising water covered the temporary causeway the contractor built across the river channel.

When the Meramec River flooded in May, water covered the causeway and Lehman Construction stopped construction, but the bridge is still on schedule for completion on time.

The contract calls for the bridge to be completed in 320 working days, according to Ron Williams, Franklin County highway administrator.

The project was considered 50 percent complete when work was halted due to the flood.

The new bridge will replace the 99-year-old truss bridge which Miller & Borcherding of St. Louis completed in 1918.

The project is estimated to cost $4.3 million with an 80/20 federal split, leaving the county to pay about $1 million.

Lehman Construction was the low bidder at $4,289,738.