New county bridge

opens to traffic

A new Missouri Department of Transportation bridge in western Gasconade County has finally opened to traffic.

The MoDOT bridge -- located on Missouri Route J and spanning First Creek south of Gasconade, between Missouri Highway 100 and Route F -- began taking shape in late January. The structure replaces a former span that dated back to 1938 and was deemed in poor condition for motorists. The estimated cost was $725,000.

The bridge's new decking makes the driving surface two feet wider, in a nod to increased safety for travelers.

The work was part of the state's $351 million Focus on Bridges program.