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County Sets Highway C Bridge As Top Transportation Priority

For the second straight year, Crawford County commissioners made a one-lane bridge on Highway C outside of Bourbon as its No. 1 transportation priority.

Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders has consistently fought to have the bridge widened for several years and it has inched up the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s list. MRPC will finalize its list at the Transportation Advisory Committee meeting in December.

Commissioners met with Missouri Department of Transportation liaison Preston Kramer and officials from MRPC for the annual priority list Tuesday.

Two bridges were removed from the list as they have been completed — a Highway 19 bridge over Crooked Creek near the Dent County line and a Highway M bridge over Crooked Creek.

Three other projects are in the State Transportation Improvement Plan.

MoDOT will make safety improvements to Highway 49 between Highway 19 and Highway 32, adding two-inch shoulders and rumble strips, scheduled for 2018.

A bridge on Highway 49 over Dry Creek is in the STIP for 2020. The bridge will be closed between 60 and 90 days.

The Highway CC bridge over Brush Creek also is in the STIP for 2020. It is listed in “poor” condition with no load posting.

Commissioners added a Highway HH bridge over Dry Creek, south of Cherryville, as its second priority and an intersection at Highway 19 and Lindburg Road as its third priority.

There’s a need for a left turn lane with an accident history.

Crawford County Sheriff Darin Layman said Lindburg is a “huge issue” and “season-specific.”

Read more in the Oct. 11 issue of the Independent News.

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