With construction of the new Hurricane Deck Bridge now underway, the Water Patrol is advising boaters on the Lake of the Ozarks to be careful as they approach the area at the 35 mile-marker of the Osage Arm.
"We recommend boaters in that area use caution as they approach from upstream or downstream. There are a number of regulatory markers to help them to know when to slow to no wake idle speed. They need to pay attention to the markers that are there. That's the key thing," said Water Patrol Captain Matt Walz.
A row of buoys on the upstream side mark the start of the No Wake Idle Zone about 700 feet from the construction area. On the downstream side, the row of buoy markers is at around 600 feet.
Within this 1,300 foot idle speed zone, there are spots that are marked Boats Keep Out to protect the specific spots where actual construction is underway. Boaters will be funneled under the middle section of the existing bridge during normal construction operations.
The channel will stay open though restricted for most of the construction period, though there will be times when it could be closed temporarily to accommodate work and demolition.