Officials with MoDOT and the contractor replacing the two bridges on the east side of Carthage clarified the detours that will be used during the project and talked about other details in a meeting Tuesday at Carthage City Hall.

Officials with MoDOT and the contractor replacing the two bridges on the east side of Carthage clarified the detours that will be used during the project and talked about other details in a meeting Tuesday at Carthage City Hall.
The main change coming on Monday will be the closure of the bridge over the Spring River flood way near Kellogg Lake Park.
That bridge will be closed early Monday morning, and workers plan to start demolition of both bridges on Monday, although delays were still possible.
Clarkson Construction, out of Kansas City, won the $6.2 million contract in January. The contract calls for the new bridges to be open to traffic by Sept. 15, but the company can earn incentive money up to $420,000 if they can open the bridges before Sept. 15.

Detour
Sean Matlock, project engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, said Highway 96 between Zappletal Way and Kellogg Lake Park will remain open to local traffic for the duration of the project.
This will allow access to Peck Schrader Excavating and Bud's Bait Shop, located between the two bridges, and it will allow emergency vehicles to get to calls east of town without having to use Civil War Road or other longer detours during construction.
Both entrances to Kellogg Lake Park will remain open so vehicles can continue east of town by going through the park.
The main local detour and the detour for travelers on historic Route 66 will be North Garrison Street and County Route V through Kendricktown.
Matlock said that detour will be marked with signs to direct travelers on historic Route 66 into Carthage, while instructing large trucks to divert south on Missouri Highway 37 near Avilla to Interstate 44, then to Interstate 49 to get into Carthage.
This detour is needed because the nine-ton weight limit on the three old bridges on North Garrison Avenue prevents large trucks and busses from using that route.

Balusters
Workers removed the balusters on the railroad bridge railing on Wednesday and Thursday and delivered them to the city.
Workers said many of the balusters came out intact. They also salvaged the balusters that had minor damage, such as broken tops or bottoms.
Carthage City Administrator Tom Short said the city is still working on what to do with them.
“Our first goal is to make sure they're preserved,” Short said. “Then we'll decide what to do with them later.”

Emergency vehicles
Fire Chief Roger Williams said emergency operations won't be drastically affected by the start of demolition and construction on the bridges unless heavy rains sometime in the spring or summer cause flooding in Kellogg Lake Park.
Williams said currently, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles are using Meridian Street and Vine Street to get to Missouri Highway 96, then travel over the bridge over the floodway to calls east of town.
The floodway bridge will be closed Monday morning, so Williams said emergency vehicles will go through Kellogg Lake Park. He said he's still working on a contingency plan for what to do if the park is flooded by heavy rains during construction.