On Wednesday, July 6, at 10 a.m., the Pettis County Commission, MODOT Senior Construction Inspector Brian Lavender, Gene Haile Excavating, and Anderson Engineering conducted a final inspection for Bridge No. 4510027 BRO B080 (038) on Claycomb Road.

After the completion of the bridge inspection, it was determined that the project was substantially finalized and the road was ordered opened to traffic, effective immediately.

“We are committed to being proactive when it comes to bridge maintenance and replacements in Pettis County,” stated Eastern Commissioner Israel Baeza. “By identifying these bridges early, we are able to limit road closures and keep our farm to market roads open for business,” Commissioner Baeza added.

Pettis County is one of the most active counties when it comes to bridge maintenance through the B.R.O. program. Out of the 166 bridges in the county’s system there are only three bridges closed due to deficiencies. As part of the counties commitment to attend those infrastructure needs, all three of the closed bridges are currently under contract to be replaced.

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The approximately $586,000 bridge is the first of two bridge replacements scheduled along Claycomb Road as part of the Bridge Replacement Off System (BRO) projects. Through this program, the Federal Highway Administration paid for 100% of the cost, avoiding the expenditures of local tax dollars.

Presiding Commissioner David Dick mentioned, “As part of our general road maintenance, we look at these bridges and their ratings to try to replace them in a timely fashion, through the most cost-effective avenues we have; the BRO Program being one of those tools”.

Eastern Commissioner Israel Baeza concluded by saying, “We are thankful for everyone that saw the importance of this bridge and came to the table to find cost-effective solutions. We are very pleased with the final results of these infrastructure improvements and are confident that this investment will serve the citizens of Pettis County for the next 100 years."

Israel Baeza
Israel Baeza
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Israel Baeza
Israel Baeza
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Israel Baeza
Israel Baeza
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