Torrential downpours in the region from Aug. 2-14 caused extensive damage from flooding and flash flooding to roadways and small bridges in the region.
Four months later, the Missouri Department of Transportation, counties and local municipalities are still making repairs and counting the cost of Mother Nature's fury.
For damage inflicted on state roads, MoDOT is contracting out the large jobs and handling the rest in-house, MoDOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch said.
Most of the smaller repair jobs include restoring shoulders where they were washed out at various locations.
The larger work is typically at or around small bridges. Raging floodwaters swept away the rip-rap protecting bridge abutments. Without the large rock in place, the swirling water cut holes in the abutments as it passed under the bridge — with a hole at one site as big as a house.
There were three of these sites in Camden County, five in Miller and a couple more in Maries County, according to Lynch, as well as multiple locations in Pulaski and Phelps counties.
There is a lot of work needed to restore these areas, Lynch said, but the state expects to have most of these repairs reimbursed by the federal government through the disaster declaration.
In Camden County, only about $4,000 has been expended so far on minor repairs, but larger contracts are expected for the restoration of bridge abutments. A couple of these spots are on Route A between Richland and Montreal, according to Lynch.
The state is spending around $90,000, including labor, equipment and material, in Miller County to restore shoulders and culverts as well as repairs to low water crossings. One low water crossing on Route K near Iberia had to be completely rebuilt and another nearby repaired. The cost of restoration around bridge abutments is not yet known with bids still being out on these larger projects. Some of the worst of this type of damage in Miller County were at a bridge on Highway 17, one on Highway 52 and one on Highway 42 east of Iberia.
In Laclede County, $50,000 is being spent to make repairs. The greatest expenses were to replace a box culvert washed away on Route BB as well repairing a box culvert and replacing its concrete slab on the south outer road along I-44.
Maries, Pulaski and Phelps counties had similar problems. About a mile of shoulder along Route 63 had to be replaced just south of the Gasconade River Bridge. There were box culverts washed out and washouts at crossings. These types of smaller repairs are costing $100,000 for the three counties combined.
Bigger repairs were also necessary in Pulasksi and Phelps.
A $135,000 contract was awarded in Phelps County to replace about 135 foot of roadway on Route T. Route H in Pulaski County also lost about 500 feet of roadway. That repair along with the replacement of a bigger box culvert along the outer road in the same area near Waynesville cost about $135,000 as well.
Page 2 of 2 - There is still more work to do, Lynch said, especially in Pulaski and Maries counties where there were more washouts than MoDOT can take care of on its own. And the three counties with big contracts still to be let included Maries, Miller and Camden.
Anything that affected the actual roadway, however, has been repaired. Small roads are open and all shoulders are back in place.
Most of the remaining work is near the small bridges.
The state plans to have all the repairs made before the spring rains next year, Lynch said.
MoDOT is utilizing existing money in its emergency contingency fund to pay for the small repairs believing that they will be reimbursed later. The federal government has also reviewed and okayed the locations for the bigger proposed projects that are being contracted out.