The new Stokes Road Bridge replaces an existing low water crossing at Little DryWood Creek located southwest of Nevada. The existing crossing is located in the center of an erratic stream alignment, as well as the Stokes Road roadway alignment which was constructed in a tight “S” curve configuration. The existing roadway alignment at the creek precludes the use of a conventional span-type bridge structure that has the ability to handle the projected flood discharge.
CFS selected a new, straighter alignment that does in fact handle the discharge- yet lends itself to a 100’ simple one-span structure. The entire roadway including the bridge is only 834’ long, thus providing Vernon County with an economical roadway/bridge solution.
The Missouri Conservation Department feels the low water crossing is a barrier to fish and is preventing them from traveling freely throughout the stream. The MCD is contributing approximately 10% of the project cost to eliminate this barrier.
This project is currently under construction.