Many structures may remain closed for an extended time, even after floodwaters recede

Road Closed Due to Flooding

Flooding along the Missouri River has devastated parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. In addition to the continued closure of Interstate 29 and many other routes throughout Northwest Missouri, receding floodwaters in Atchison and Holt counties have exposed damage to roadways and bridges that may require emergency contracts. An estimated date for reopening the following roadways and bridges is not known at this time:

Atchison County

U.S. Route 136 – Will remain closed until further notice from I-29 to the Missouri River due to:

  • Road surface and shoulder damage extending from I-29 west to the Missouri River
  • Bridge at Phelps City: one end of the roadway leading to the bridge is washed away
  • Brownville Bridge: contractors may be brought in to complete an underwater inspection to look for damage to the supporting structures

Holt County

Route P – Will remain closed until further notice due to surface damage between Route 118 and U.S. Route 159

U.S. Route 159 – Will remain closed until further notice from Route P near Fortescue to the Missouri River due to:

  • Road surface and shoulder damage extends from Route P west to the Missouri River
  • Little Tarkio Creek Bridge: irreparable damage to the bridge. Will require complete replacement
  • Big Lake Overflow Bridge: Floodwaters are still flowing with a strong current, preventing inspectors from completing a thorough underwater examination for damage

Barricades placed at flooded roadways and bridges are to prevent drivers of all vehicles and pedestrians from using the roadway. Never go around barricades. Even a small amount of water on a roadway can mask the hidden dangers of washed out or damaged road below the water’s surface. Barricades are there for your protection.