The second span of the Hurricane Deck Bridge at the Lake of the Ozarks is set to come down at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Route 5 over the new Hurricane Deck Bridge near Sunrise Beach will be completely closed in both directions for approximately 15 minutes at the time of the blast, and water traffic will be prohibited in a 1,500-foot radius around the bridge for approximately one hour.
Once the area is secured, the span on the south end of the old bridge 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 on the project, 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 blasting subcontractor is Duane Houkom, Inc. of Texas.
American Bridge will take the next couple of weeks to fish the truss span and any debris out of the lake. The metal retrieved from the lake will be placed on barges, processed and salvaged as scrap metal.
Saturday’s blast is the second of three blasts to demolish the old Hurricane Deck Bridge. The first blast took place on Dec. 7, and the last blast is scheduled to occur in the next two weeks.