U.S. Route 36, Route 759 Ramp Work To Resume Following Winter Shutdown

The rehabilitation of a major bridge in St. Joseph is set to resume after being put on pause for the winter.

The project to rehabilitate the westbound U.S. Route 36 Pony Express Bridge over the Missouri River will resume this week after being shut down for the winter.

Contractors from Comanche Construction Inc., working with MO-Dot, are scheduled to begin pouring concrete Wednesday, April 5 at the ramp from Route 759 to westbound U.S. Route 36.

The ramp, and westbound driving lane on the east end of the bridge, are currently closed and expected to reopen by May 16. The remaining work, including pouring concrete, painting and structural rehabilitation, are temperature-sensitive and can now be completed due to the warmer weather.

The project began in January 2022 and crews were able to complete the rehabilitation of the eastbound bridge ahead of schedule in early November 2022. The project was expected to be complete by December 2022, but necessary additional work was added causing the project timeline to be extended through June 2023.