MoDOT officials conducting the meeting were District Nine Bridge Engineer Ed Hess and District Nine Design Engineer Mike Wake.
Hess said officials have identified the bridge as one of 800 in the state in need of repair.
"We are calling this the Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program. This is one of the first bridges in District Nine to be repaired," Hess said.
There are 13 counties in District Nine with 36 bridges to be repaired. In the first phase of the program, 100 bridges across the state will be repaired.
"The bridge deck and girders will be replaced. The rest of the bridge seems in good condition," Hess said.
Bids for the project will be let in January and Hess said the repairs on the bridge should take about two months.
This will be a five-year program for MoDOT. Another bridge on Y Highway over Fredrick Creek will be totally replaced within the next five years. "We are expecting that project to take three to four months. As time gets closer to that repair we will give more details concerning detours and other information that will be needed," Hess said.
"All of the proper officials have been contacted concerning the bridge repair. We have talked to Couch School Superintendent Tom Bull because they use E Highway and Louse Creek B as a bus route. We have also talked to emergency medical personal so they will know there will be a detour on E Highway for a couple of months," Hess said.
A month before the project begins there will be a changeable message sign saying there is a detour around the bridge. The detour will be at Highway 142 and Route EE.
MoDot will sell bonds to pay for the project, with annual payments of approximately $50 million. MoDOT will use roughly one-third of the Federal bridge placement funds it receives each year to make those payments. The Safe and Sound program requires no additional funding.
"Over the last two years, MoDOT spent $15.6 million on the Safe and Sound program. That investment will enable MoDOT to get 100 bridges under contract by spring 2009 and will speed the implementation of the project. All of the data, plans and technical concepts developed are now the property of MoDot and will be used to improve the 800 bridges. MoDOT also paid to locate utilities at bridge locations around the state, work that won't need to be repeated," Hess said.