The Missouri Department of Transportation announced today that they’ve decreased weight limits on a Perry County, Missouri from 40 tons to 25 tons.
The weight limit goes into effect on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
Perry County is located in southeast Missouri. The bridge is located bridge on Route 51 in Cape Perryville, Missouri.
The Chester bridge connects Route 51 in Missouri with Route 150 in Illinois over the Mississippi River.
According to a Facebook post from MoDOT, a recent bridge inspection showed deterioration.
The Facebook post states:
Weight limits on the Route 51/Chester Bridge in Perry County will be reduced to 25 tons beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.
What: Recent bridge inspections showed deterioration, requiring MoDOT to restrict heavy loads on the Route 51/Chester Bridge in Perry County.When: Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, weight limit signs will be installed. Where: Route 51/Chester Bridge in Perry County, Missouri.Traffic Impacts: Weight limits on the bridge will be reduced to 25 tons, including loads of grain/grain co-products. – A regular semi-truck weighs 40 tons. – Bridge will remain open to traffic. – Bridge is safe for travel.Future Plans:Plans for bridge repairs are underway.Prior to repairs, additional information regarding timelines will be released.Once completed, the load posting will be increased to 40 tons.