JACKS FORK RIVER REOPENED FOLLOWING BRIDGE REMOVAL
Officials have reopened a portion of the Jacks Fork River at Alley Spring.
The river had been closed due to flooding in April 2017 and February 2018 that caused structural damage to a pedestrian bridge, making it unsafe for visitors below and prompting an emergency closure of the river beneath the bridge.
The bridge has been completely removed, allowing floaters and river users to safely enjoy the Jacks Fork River beneath the Highway 106 vehicle bridge.
The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration are working together on the construction of a new pedestrian bridge at Alley Spring in the future. No timeline for completion of the project was available.
WOMAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON BURGLARY AND STEALING WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested an East Prairie woman on a burglary warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 39 year old Nancy Ann Sylvester was recently taken into custody on a warrant for 2nd degree burglary and stealing $750 or more.
Her bond was set at $5,000 and officials say she remained in custody as of this morning.
PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN CARTER COUNTY
A public meeting has been scheduled for today in Carter County.
According to the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission, members of the Carter County Transportation Advisory Committee will be meeting with the general public beginning at 10 am this morning at the Carter County Courthouse in Van Buren.
The meeting is about transportation issues and priorities within the county.
For more information, contact Andrew Murphy at 573-785-6402.
MOTORISTS ADVISED TO BE SAFE WITH AN INCREASE OF FARM VEHICLES ON THE ROAD
We are fully into spring and officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol are advising motorists to be safe with the increase of farm machinery on the road.
Motorists are being asked to stay alert for slow moving farm equipment. When you come up behind a tractor or other farm machinery, slow down, and be patient. Wait to pass until you have a clear view of the road ahead and there is no oncoming traffic. Never pass on a hill or curve.
Collisions commonly occur when a motorist tries to pass a left-turning farm vehicle. A tractor that appears to be pulling to the right side of the road to let motorists pass, instead may be preparing to make a wide left turn. Watch the farmer’s hand and light signals closely.
Highway Patrol officials say there were 171 Missouri traffic crashes involving farm equipment in 2017. In those crashes, five people were killed and 40 were injured.
Coming up tomorrow we will cover tips for farmers who will be driving their farm equipment on area highways.
CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGING MISSOURIANS TO PICK UP LITTER TO BEGIN THIS WEEKEND
The Missouri Department of Transportation is encouraging area residents to pick up litter.
Missouri’s 17th annual No MOre Trash! Bash will begin this weekend and focuses on “spring cleaning” the outdoors by asking residents to pick up litter throughout the state from April 15th through May 15th.
Trash Bash activities in April will also include educational efforts in schools, community events, Earth Day celebrations, and more.
In 2018, over 65 thousand bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the spring No MOre Trash! Bash.
Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in this year’s litter cleanup activities. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit NoMoreTrash.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT.
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENT
Route F in Stoddard County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert under the roadway.
MoDot officials say the section of roadway to be closed is located from Route J to County Road 424.
Weather permitting, work will take place today from 8 am to 3:30 pm.