Grand River bridge south of Chillicothe to be narrowed to one lane

Bridge Work

A rehabilitation project on the Grand River Bridge on Highway 65 south of Chillicothe is scheduled to begin a new phase next week.

Contractors from Radmacher Brothers Excavating Company, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will narrow the bridge to one lane beginning Monday morning, April 13, 2020, at 7 o’clock.

The first portion of the project involved the relocation of an access road on the north side of the Grand River Bridge. That first part was finished this week.

Construction will be staged to allow one lane of traffic over the bridge throughout much of the project with an 11 and a half-foot width restriction. Temporary traffic signals will guide motorists through the work zone. Drivers may encounter delays.

Complete closure of Highway 65 at the Grand River Bridge will be necessary during two portions of the project to connect the new deck with the road. The exact dates of those closures are not known at this time, but one is anticipated in mid to late June and the other in mid to late October. Traffic will be directed over a signed detour route on Routes Z and C as well as Highway 36 during those closures.

Contractors plan to have the bridge open to two-way traffic before Thanksgiving. MoDOT notes the work is weather permitting, and schedules could change.