The continued rain has delayed the completion of a project to replace Polk County Route PP bridge over Pomme de Terre Lake.

The bridge was schedule to be open by June 1st; however, MoDOT says its now unclear when it will be complete.

Drivers are urged to find alternate routes until the bridge is open to the public.

(Information provided by MoDOT)

Polk County – Continued rain has delayed the completion of a project to replace the Polk County Route PP bridge over Pomme de Terre Lake east of Flemington, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Route PP was scheduled to be open to traffic by June 1. However, the opening date remains uncertain due to the wet conditions on the project site.

The bridge portion of the project is complete. However, crews cannot build the approach pavement that connects Route PP to the bridge due to the saturated ground.

Contractor crews will wait until the area dries out before attempting to build the road base and pave the approaches to the new bridge. This could delay the opening of the bridge by several weeks. An exact opening date will be announced as soon as the approach pavement can be built.

The original bridge built in 1961 has been replaced with a new, wider span. The new bridge is wide enough to accommodate two lanes of traffic.

Drivers are urged to find alternate routes until the bridge is open to traffic. There is no signed detour. However, drivers can use other nearby state routes including Missouri Route 83 and Polk County Route V to get around the closing.

Drivers will be able to get to entrances to county roads and driveways on either side of the bridge, but will not be able to cross the bridge until the project is open to traffic.

Highlights of the project:

· Replace the existing one-lane bridge over Pomme de Terre Lake with a new, two-lane bridge

· Install new guardrail at bridge ends

· Total project cost: $1.9 million

· Prime contractor: Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. of Columbia

· Original completion date: June 1, 2019. However, the completion date has been delayed due to wet conditions.

Weather and/or construction delays could alter the work schedule.