Sen. Doug Libla: MoDOT to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Route 53 Bridge Project in Butler, Dunklin Counties

Libla - Press Release - 011513

SIKESTON—The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 to discuss constructing a new Route 53 bridge over the St. Francis River in Butler and Dunklin Counties. The meeting will be held at Qulin Middle School, located at 406 Connecticut Street in Qulin, Mo.

“Visitors can stop-by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. to discuss the details of the project with a member of the project team and provide their comments,” said Project Manager Eric Krapf.

The project includes constructing a Route 53 bridge over the St. Francis River on a new alignment to replace the existing St. Francis River and overflow bridges in this location. Traffic will remain on existing structures as construction is underway. Improvements are expected to begin in spring 2017, with completion anticipated in fall 2018.

The improved bridge will be 36-feet wide—10 feet wider than the existing structures.

For more information, please contact Krapf at (573) 472-5261, Transportation Project Designer Jeff Wachter at (573) 472-5295 or MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636). To view the meeting handout or comment on this project, please attend the online meeting available at: