It was a bittersweet moment for Representative Diane Franklin at the Hurricane Deck Bridge groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.
As a child, she said, she and her brother would ride their bikes to the bridge and climb the trusses. She crossed it with her family on their way to the grocery story, the 10-cent store (because there wasn't a Walmart back then, she said, jokingly), to the doctor and anywhere else her family needed to go. The bridge connecting Route 5 across the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks at the 35-mile marker faithfully carried her to and from school each day.
The old bridge she remembers had elevated sidewalks so people could walk the distance of the bridge.
Franklin described it as a beautiful moment to take in the scenic surroundings.
"It's time to say good-bye to a structure that has served us so well," Franklin said. Also saying she would miss it because of the memories it held for her.
The new bridge being built less than five-feet from the old will be safer, for motorists and pedestrians alike.
People and businesses can start looking at the westside for its potential because there's a better access, Camden County Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken said at the groundbreaking.
But, most of all, Franklin said the new bridge will serve as a whole new starting point for future generations to make memories.