Just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation will reopen Missouri Route 168 so drivers can begin using the newly replaced Clear Creek Bridge near North River Road and Marion County Road 404.

Just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation will reopen Missouri Route 168 so drivers can begin using the newly replaced Clear Creek Bridge near North River Road and Marion County Road 404.  MoDOT expects the road to open Thursday, July 2, sometime in the late afternoon. 

The previous bridge was more than 80 years old, had one lane and load posted.  The new bridge is a two-lane bridge 28 feet wide.

"This is one of the last remaining bridges on our supplementary road system to be replaced in our area unless Missouri can obtain additional funding," MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner said. 

He went on to explain that by 2017, Missouri will not be able to match federal funds. 

"This match is required to receive this funding, which is generated from the federal gas tax," he said. 

Should Missouri not be able to match the funds, they will be given to other states.

"Currently, nearly 200 of the 1,000 plus bridges in northeast Missouri are either in poor condition, too narrow, or both," Haeffner saud.