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The one-lane bridge over Bank Branch Creek on Route D will be replaced with a two-lane bridge. Work could begin this month. The closing of the bridge will stop all through traffic for at least two months. Drivers will have to detour on South 5 into Laclede County to Route E and then over to Route D. (Reporter photo by Dale Johnson)


Published May 17, 2017

Route D Bridge - MoDOT bridge replacement to cause long detours

CAMDEN COUNTY – Those using Route D may soon have to take a very long detour to get to their destination.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a contract to replace the bridge on Camden County Route D over Bank Branch Creek south of Camdenton.

KCI Construction was awarded the contract after submitting the low bid of $1,177,700.

The project is scheduled to take place for 60 days and can start as early as May 30. The bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured during the work.

The bridge is not too far past the entrance to Ha Ha Tonka park access (lower section by the spring) 3.5 miles southwest of Camdenton.

“The existing condition is such that the bridge carries one lane of traffic on a two-lane highway. The poor condition of the existing bridge over Bank Branch requires full replacement. The new bridge will include new concrete barrier curbs and guardrail. The bridge width will be 24 feet wide and be striped to accommodate two lanes,” The Missouri Department of Transportation stated in a past report.

The bridge and road will be completely closed to through-traffic during the work.

Those using the road will need to take a detour that is 37 miles long to reach the other side of the bridge.

The detour will be signed and will consist of (from Highway 54 in Camdenton) south Route 5 into Laclede County to Route E and then over Route E to Routes D.

The bridge and road is expected to be closed (during the busy summertime) for at least 60 days.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636). Motorists can also visit or follow the Central District Facebook page at

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