What it is
The new Highway 5 bridge over the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks at the 35 mile marker is being built less than five feet to the east of the existing Hurricane Deck Bridge. For an estimated $32.3 million, the American Bridge Co. is constructing a new crossing that will be 38 feet wide to accommodate two 12-foot driving lanes with seven-foot shoulders on each side.
On Wednesday, the Hurricane Deck Bridge was down to one lane for part of the day in order to take down a section of guardrail on the south end. In its place, workers put up a temporary barrier while excavation is done for the new section of roadway that will connect the highway and the new bridge. On Thursday, construction crews poured concrete columns for pier 10 and drilled to prepare to pour the foundation of pier 8, according to MoDOT resident engineer John Sanders.
Pier 8 is the last foundation to be poured, and Sanders said they hope to have it done next week. With all the foundations completed, the rest of the work will be out of the water. People will start seeing the columns, beams and caps — what the steel girders will sit on — being poured. That part of the project will go into the winter and into next year, according to Sanders. The project is slated to be finished in late 2013. Demolition of the existing bridge will occur sometime in spring 2014.