Bates Co. Route B/Camp Branch & Panther Creek Bridges CLOSED

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Beginning Week of Aug. 16 for Rehab Project

Bates County – Drivers should look for alternate routes when Bates County Route B at the Camp Branch and Panther Creek bridges north of Rockville CLOSE the week of August 16, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Contractor crews will remove the bridge decks/driving surfaces and replace them with a new surface and install new guardrail.

The bridges will remain closed for up to 120 days to complete the work.

Both current structures were built in 1976 and are experiencing increasing deterioration. Approximately 270 vehicles cross each bridge daily.

These bridges are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Traffic impacts:

  • All lanes of Route B will be CLOSED beginning the week of August 16 for the duration of the project
  • Route B will not close until nearby Route M/Osage River bridge is completed and open to traffic, which is expected Monday, Aug. 16
  • Drivers will have access to entrances on either end of the work zone, but will not be able to drive through the work zone
  • No detour will be signed, drivers are urged to find alternate routes around the project
  • Signs and message boards will alert drivers to the bridge closing

Weather and/or scheduling conflicts could alter the work schedule.

This contract also included replacing the bridge deck/driving surface on the Bates County Route M bridge over the Osage River along with a culvert approximately one half mile to the north.

Henry County Sheriff investigating Theft

Henry County Sheriff’s Office advises this past Friday/Saturday, August 7th and 8th, a 2003 Easy Go TXT golf cart was stolen from Woobies Storage on South Highway 7 near the Benton County line. Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle and trailer they used to steal the golf cart.

If you have information about this vehicle or the theft, please call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 660-885-5587 or your local law enforcement agency. It does not appear that the vehicle has any license on it or on the trailer.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office needs your Help

Miami County Sheriff’s Office needs your help Osawatomie!

They are assisting the Osawatomie Police Department and need help finding Bryant an 18 year old male with Autism. He was last seen this morning, Tuesday, August 10th,  in the area of 4th and Walnut in Osawatomie.

He is 5’10” and weighs 175 lbs. Miami County Sheriff’s Offices believe him to be wearing sweat pants and a blue jacket.

If you see him, please call 911.

Osage Valley Annual Meeting Cancelled

With deep regrets, the Osage Valley Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has recently elected to make the difficult decision to alter their original plan to hold the meeting in person at the Benson Center this year.

Due to a recent and significant rise in COVID cases in our service area, they felt meeting in a large group could have potential health risks to our members and guests. Attendance at the meeting will be restricted to the Board of Directors only. No member attendance will be granted again this year, but member participation is encouraged through on-line voting. Quorum for the meeting will be established by those registering and voting.

Each membership registering online will receive a $10 credit on their September electric bill. Additional electric credit certificates will also be given away through drawings of those members registering. No “mail in” voting will be held this year due to time constraints associated with unexpected changes to our Annual Meeting format. Online voting will be available August 16 through August 24th at