Bates County Route M/Osage River Bridge CLOSED Beginning Week of April 5 for Rehab Project

Bates County – Drivers should look for alternate routes when Bates County Route M at the Osage River bridge north of Schell City CLOSES the week of April 5, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. Contractor crews will remove the bridge deck/driving surface and replace it with a new surface. The bridge will remain closed for up to 112 days to complete the work. The current structure was built in 1979 and is experiencing increasing deterioration. Approximately 238 vehicles cross the bridge daily. As part of this project, a culvert located approximately one-half mile north of this bridge also will be replaced.