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Bridge replacement underway in Northeast Missouri

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Highway 168 bridge construction near Palmyra, Missouri Highway 168 bridge construction near Palmyra, Missouri
PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

A section of Highway 61 near Palmyra will be down to one lane for several months as crews replace a bridge on Highway 168. 

Crews started bright and early Sunday morning. They tore down the bridge at Highway 168 which crosses Highway 61, just north of Palmyra.

"First they came in and covered the road way with steel plates and sand, so as the pieces fell it wouldn't hurt the pavement that will stay in place once the project is done," MoDOT engineer Martin Lincoln said. "As they took it down in pieces, they started processing it up and moving it to the side to try and get the lanes open as quick as they could."

The road was closed while crews picked up debris. Meanwhile, drivers had to use a detour to go around. Despite the inconvenience, driver C.B. Keller said he likes seeing tax dollars at work.

"We always have to improve the highways," Keller said. "I know it's a little difficult to get through there, but we always have to have improvements on the road."

Workers said it took about three hours for the bridge to come down, but there's still a lot of work left to be done.

"Basically now they'll probably start working in the median and working their way out to get some of the substructure up," Lincoln said. "There will be some preliminary work that goes on. Basically start working from the group up to get the new bridge built."

As a local farmer, Keller said he'll start using side roads until the bridge is finished.

"Out here in the country we can get by that easy, Keller added. "It's a lot easier to get through that than it would be in Chicago or St. Louis. It's no problem."

MoDOT said one lane will be open in each direction on Highway 61 for the remainder of the project. Officials hope to have everything done by November.

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