Earlier this year, the old bridge on Marion County Road 411 closed due to age. The crossing has been replaced with a large culvert.

A rural county road has reopened following construction of a new culvert.

Earlier this year, the old bridge on Marion County Road 411 closed due to age. The crossing has been replaced with a large culvert.

According to Marion County Presiding Commission Lyndon Bode, Marion County Road 411 is now open to through traffic from the north end to the south end of the road. The road is located in the South River Bottom area of the county, about equidistant between Hannibal and Palmyra.

Bode noted that the old bridge had been built in 1940 and was narrow with a 13 ton weight limit. When the bridge had been built wood pilings had been used and over the years they had rotted out. Due to the bridge being located in the South River Bottoms drainage area a large culvert could be used to replace the old structure.

Bode complimented the Marion County Highway Department crew on their great work on replacing the old bridge with a special ordered polymer/plastic coated metal culvert. The culvert crossing is wide enough for two lanes of traffic and able to handle any type of farm machinery.

“Our goal was to have the bridge replaced in time for farmers to use for the fall harvest. Our highway crews have met that goal and I congratulate our County Highway Director Mike Schaefer on a job well done,” Bode said.