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Weather permitting, Monday, July 29 at 7 a.m., MoDOT will temporarily close MO 79 to replace the Lost Creek Bridge at the south city limits of Elsberry in Lincoln County. The week of July 22, crews will begin moving equipment into the area and start preparing the area for construction; there will be minimal impact to traffic during this work.
The 75-year-old Lost Creek Bridge will be replaced with a new 32 foot wide bridge with 12 foot lanes and 4 foot shoulders. Message boards will be in place recommending local and tourism traffic to use Routes B, W and Y as an alternate route of travel. All commercial truck traffic normally traveling on MO 79 should use US 61, MO 47 and Route B.
To minimize the inconvenience for drivers and area businesses, the road will be closed for only 25 working days opening to traffic by mid-August with final completion of the project scheduled for mid to late September.