Bad weather in the forecast for Thursday has postponed the demolition of the first portion of the old Hurricane Deck Bridge until 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. The first bridge blast was originally scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Route 5 over the new Hurricane Deck Bridge near Sunrise Beach will be completely closed in both directions for approximately 15 minutes on Friday as crews blast a 740-foot section of the old bridge.
Water traffic will be prohibited in a 1,500-foot radius around the bridge for approximately one hour, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 10 a.m. People in watercraft who want to travel under the bridge should plan their trip accordingly.
Once the area is secured, the span from the north end of the old bridge to the second pier in the water will be blasted and around one million pounds of steel from the truss will be dropped into the Lake of the Ozarks. Crews will then sweep the new Hurricane Deck Bridge to clear any debris before reopening the highway to traffic.
The Missouri Department of Transportation and the general contractor, American Bridge Company, are working with local law enforcement and the Missouri Water Patrol to make sure the area is safe and secure before, during and after the blast.
The Dec. 6 blast is the first of three blasts to demolish the old Hurricane Deck Bridge. The second blast will be scheduled within two weeks after the first blast and the third blast will take place approximately two weeks after the second blast, weather permitting.