The Missouri Department of Transportation celebrated the completion of two bridge replacement projects on Route 240 in Fayette.??


The two bridges, spanning Bonne Femme Creek and Bonne Femme Creek Overflow, are located just west of Route 124 in Fayette. Since thread is a highly-traveled route, MoDOT officials closed the bridge one lane at a time in order to keep the flow of traffic steady.


The Missouri Department of Transportation celebrated the completion of two bridge replacement projects on Route 240 in Fayette.

??The two bridges, spanning Bonne Femme Creek and Bonne Femme Creek Overflow, are located just west of Route 124 in Fayette. Since thread is a highly-traveled route, MoDOT officials closed the bridge one lane at a time in order to keep the flow of traffic steady.

The bridge closest to Route 124 was also widened to accommodate a left turn lane for vehicles turning from Route 240, and the previous bridges were build in 1932, according to MoDOT.

Mike Schupp, Area Engineer for MoDOT, sees the bridge as a "great asset" to the Howard County and Fayette communities. Since many Fayette residents commute to Columbia every day, the new bridge provides a "nice, safe travel route" to Highway 40 and, subsequently to I-70, said Schupp.

The bridge began construction in June 2011 and was completed in Nov. 2011.

The ceremony took place in the parking lot of Farm Bureau Insurance, 144 Highway 240 in Fayette. Fayette Mayor Jan Addison, Howard County Eastern District Commissioner Richard Conrow and others were recognized for their contributions to the work at the ceremony.

?"We are very pleased to be able to replace two bridges along this major route in Howard County," said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Travis Koestner in a MoDOT news release. "We appreciate the support received from the community while work was underway."

The project cost $1.87 million. Widel, Inc. of Blackwater was the contractor for the work.