UPDATE 3 P.M. 10/4 — Weather has delayed the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) from being able to do a full inspection of the Highway J bridge.
“While a cursory inspection has been carried out, poor weather conditions have prevented a full structural inspection from being completed at this time,” MoDOT said in a statement. “We will have more information once a full inspection has been completed.”
One lane of U.S. 60 heading towards Springfield is closed, and all lanes of the overpass are closed. MoDOT said drivers should find different routes for the time being.
“There’s so much construction going on around all the highways in Springfield right now,” Tom Rogers said. “It’s just like, man, it’s like a total game every day trying to decide which side road or which road to travel.”
Rogers tends to use the bridge as a shortcut. MoDOT said Route J/NN bridge was built in 2016.
“I live in Sparta, so I take Highway 125 normally to U.S. 60,” Rogers said. “60 is always backed up. So I go to J Highway to come across and it was blocked. It was closed this morning. I ended up going from J rerouted me back to 125 and then back up to a big loop back around. So I lost a little bit of time this morning, probably about 20 minutes.”
Rogers said with construction on Highway 125, finding a different route may be difficult.
“You start to run out of options of ways to get out,” Rogers said. “So at this point I’ll probably just go 125 to 60, wait out the traffic lights and get on the road.”
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — The westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 60 just west of Rogersville are closed while crews clean up an accident.
A dump truck has struck the State Highway J bridge overpass. According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, westbound Highway 60 will remain closed until a damage investigation is complete.
The Highway J bridge will also be closed until further notice.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.