For more than seven decades, motorists have been using the Chester Bridge. Currently an average of 6,500 vehicles a day, including commuters, travel the bridge. Route 51 is also a major route for semi-trucks transporting goods. Vehicle use, weather, age, and snow removal salt have caused the Chester Bridge to deteriorate. Chester Bridge has no shoulders for emergency vehicles to utilize, or for vehicles involved in accidents to get out of the lanes of traffic. The bridge has been closed to traffic twice in the last two years so the levy gates could be shut to prevent flooding in Perry County, Missouri. These are some of the reasons why we are studying the Chester Bridge.

The initial phase of the study will primarily consist of data gathering. The study will take approximately two years to complete, ending in spring 2019.