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The Lake News Online
  • Bridge blast postponed to Saturday

  • The first blast to begin demolition of the old Hurricane Deck Bridge on Highway 5 has been reset again for noon on Saturday, Dec. 7. The move to Saturday was the third delay for the beginning of demolition.
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  • The first blast to begin demolition of the old Hurricane Deck Bridge on Highway 5 has been reset again for noon on Saturday, Dec. 7.
    Winter weather Friday morning delayed the demolition of the first portion of the old bridge on the south side of Sunrise Beach.
    The first blast to start taking the bridge down was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6 then postponed until the afternoon before being rescheduled for Saturday.
    The move to Saturday was the third delay for the beginning of demolition.
    The blast was originally scheduled for Thursday morning. It was postponed due to the forecast for possible ice and snow starting Thursday. The first winter storm of the season, however, has swept into the area later than anticipated.
    When the demolition does occur, Route 5 over the new Hurricane Deck Bridge will be completely closed in both directions for approximately 15 minutes as crews blast a 740-foot section of the old bridge.
    Water traffic will also be prohibited in a 1,500-foot radius around the bridge for approximately one hour around the blast time.
    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 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 old bridge is eight spans long. Three spans are concrete girders and five spans are steel truss girders. Only the steel truss spans will be removed by blasting.
    Three blasts on three separate dates will take down the old steel truss spans.
    The second blast will be scheduled two weeks after the first blast, and the third blast will take place approximately two weeks after the second blast, weather permitting.
    The first blast will remove the north steel truss span. The second blast will remove the south steel truss span. The third blast will remove the center steel truss span.

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