Work on the second phase of Denmark Road improvements will begin Monday.
A representative with the contractor KJU, Inc., Washington, said a pipe crew will be on-site to begin work.
The project includes widening, resurfacing and sidewalk construction from St. Andrews Drive to Grandview Farms Drive.
The bridge located just east of St. Andrews Drive over an unnamed tributary of the Bourbeuse River is scheduled for replacement and a “mini roundabout” will be constructed at the St. Andrews Drive and Denmark Road intersection.
Work will begin on the section east of the bridge, where the roadway will be widened, overlaid and paved this fall.
The bridge and intersection work will be the primary focus over the winter, however, the start date has not yet been determined, City Administrator Russell Rost said.
Initially, there won’t be lane closures except for short periods of time for moving equipment, trenching and other work.
Once the bridge is torn out, the roadway will be closed, City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said.
Rost said a traffic plan is still being worked out for when the bridge is being replaced. That work is expected to take 90 days.
Signs notifying drivers of the intersection at East Denmark Road and Highway 50 will be placed on Highway 50 with the approval of MoDOT and the board of aldermen.
City officials have expressed concern about poor visibility at that intersection.
When the bridge is closed, everyone who lives east of the bridge will have to take East Denmark Road or the I-44 service road to get to town, Zimmermann said.
Rost said he is considering adding a change order to the project to get two signs on Highway 50 warning about the increased traffic on Denmark Road.
The city purchased two signs in 2006, but one doesn’t work and the second is beginning to fail. The city would request to lease the signs.
The total project cost is $1,621,044.60. The improvements were part of the 2014-17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) approved by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments in 2015.
Zimmermann noted that the project completion date is April, 7, 2018, with a total project time line of 180 days. It’s up to the contractor to meet the deadline, he added.