Although the inspection scheduled for the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge at Hannibal has been postponed, some maintenance tasks can still take place.

MoDOT officials moved the inspection to August after the discovery of a falcon’s nest under the bridge. The inspection would have involved performing tasks underneath that could disturb the endangered species.

However, the Department of Conservation has approved work to begin on top of the bridge. MoDOT plans to flush the bridge this coming week, and then seal the surface. Environmental specialists will be on hand to monitor the falcon’s behavior during the operation.