On Monday, the Missouri Department of Transportation held community briefings in Camdenton and Sunrise Beach on the planned construction of a new Route 5 Hurricane Deck Bridge.
The new bridge will be located east of the existing structure, which is located in Camden County just outside the southern limits of the Village of Sunrise Beach. The crossing is located around the 35 mile-marker of the Lake of the Ozarks.
The traditional construction method of building a new bridge to the side and then realigning the highway to connect it turned out to be the least expensive bid - rather than a proposed sliding truss concept presented at a public hearing last summer. The new bridge will be similar in design and look to the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the construction contract in January to American Bridge Company. The Overland Park, Kan. firm submitted the low bid of $32,303,295.46 to build a new structure on new piers.
The new bridge will be wider to include two 12-foot driving lanes with seven-foot shoulders on each side.
Construction is scheduled to begin this spring and the new bridge will be completed in late 2013. The entire project, including demolition of the existing structure, will be completed in spring 2014.
The existing bridge will remain open to traffic during construction of the new structure. However, some short delays and occasional lane closures on Route 5 and across the existing bridge should be expected, according to MoDOT officials.
In the water, the construction area adjacent to the bridge will be marked by buoys and signs showing no wake zones and closures. A 200-foot wide channel will be marked under the structure for boat usage.
This passage will be open during the project except for temporary closures for safety reasons due to construction or demolition.
During summer holiday weekends and the weekend of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout boating event, construction is scheduled to be suspended both on the road and in the water to avoid traffic problems with the increased number of vehicles and boats expected.