After working into Tuesday night, crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation finished repairs to the Missouri Highway 51 Bridge over the Mississippi River (the Chester Bridge) Wednesday, officials say. The bridge’s load limit had been cut back to 25 tons because of deteriorated conditions found by a recent safety inspection. With the repairs, finished the 40-ton load posting is expected to be reinstated. Officials say they will strive to avoid further weight restrictions; but given the age and overall poor condition of the bridge, they expect there to be challenges until the bridge can be replaced. Officials also say they have a bridge rehabilitation project programmed for next year that will allow them to keep the bridge operational until they can replace the structure. Officials say plans to replace the span aren’t projected until 2028, and the project is estimated to cost around $140 million.