Bates County – The Bates County Route BB bridge over South Deepwater Branch east of Butler will be CLOSED for up to 84 days to have its driving surface replaced starting the week of August 1, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Contractor crews will remove the bridge deck/driving surface and replace it with a new surface. The project also includes new barrier walls, striping and guardrail at the ends of the bridge.

Traffic Impacts:

All lanes of Route BB CLOSED where crews are working
Drivers will have access to entrances on either side of the bridge, but will not be able to drive through the work zone
No signed detour
Signs and message boards will alert drivers approaching the work zone
Drivers urged to find alternate routes to avoid work zone
Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map for road closings/traffic impacts

Weather and/or scheduling delays will alter the work schedule.

The bridge was built in 1961 and carries approximately 90 vehicles per day.

This contract also includes replacement of Bates County Route B bridges over the Marais des Cygnes River and the Bates County Drainage Ditch east of Rich Hill. That work is expected to begin this fall.

Project background:

Prime Contractor: Phillips Hardy Inc., Columbia
Completion Date: December 1, 2023
Total project cost: $6.4 million 

(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit

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