Perry County EMA: Chester Bridge officially reopened to traffic

(Source: Don Frazier/KFVS)
(Source: Don Frazier/KFVS)
(Source: Don Frazier, KFVS)
(Source: Don Frazier, KFVS)
(Source: Don Frazier, KFVS)
(Source: Don Frazier, KFVS)

PERRY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Perry County Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday that the Chester Bridge is now officially reopened to traffic.

Engineers with the Missouri Department of Transportation were inspecting the bridge around 10 a.m. on Wednesday to determine if it was safe to reopen.

According to Hank Voelker with the Perry County Emergency Management Agency, crews were already working to repair the road leading to the bridge in hopes of opening the bridge as soon as the engineers finish the inspection.

Drivers weren't the only ones happy to have the route open. Business owners were extremely relieved the bridge was opened and now they can carry on like normal.

The closing of the bridge put a lot of businesses that rely on the bridge on hold or forced them to use alternative routes.

Ron Courtois owns a convenience store in Perryville, MO but gets one of his best sellers, milk, from Chester.

He said it's been a long week finding new ways to get products he needed.

"A lot of our customers were affected by it too," Courtois said. "They stayed in hotels instead of driving back and forth. It all went well we didn't have any damage for the flooding so you got to be thankful it went as well as it did!"

The bridge was officially closed around noon on Thursday, May 4.

Crews had to cut the asphalt so they could roll out the flood wall.

Crews will remove any debris left behind after the inspection is complete.

Officials from Illinois and Missouri have announced that the Cape Girardeau, MO bridge will remain open for those needing to get to and from Illinois to Perryville or McBride.

Route 3 remains closed at the Cora flood gates, so motorists are advised to follow the marked detour.

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