DECATUR, Neb. | The bridge over the Missouri River at Decatur will close Monday for repairs.
The anticipated reopening date is Sept. 11, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
Workers will make structural repairs to abutments on each end of the bridge. The pavement leading up to the bridge on each side also will be replaced. Bridge traffic had been reduced to one lane since March 27 because of sandblasting and repainting.
The posted 75-mile detour will take traffic onto U.S. Highway 75 to South Sioux City, across the river on U.S. Highway 20 and south on Interstate 29. Motorists also may choose to head south and cross the river at Blair, Nebraska.
The bridge was closed for more than four months in 2011, when Missouri River flooding caused erosion along the east banks under the bridge and threatened to destabilize one of the bridge's piers.