Route 5 at the Hurricane Deck Bridge will be completely closed in both directions for approximately fifteen minutes next Thursday as crews take down a portion of the old bridge. Crews will be blasting a 740-foot section of the old Hurricane Deck Bridge at 11 a.m., and the area must be cleared for approximately 10 minutes prior to about five minutes after the blast. Water traffic will be prohibited in a 1,500-foot radius from the bridge for approximately one hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 11:30 a.m. People in watercraft who want to travel under the bridge should plan their trip accordingly. Bob Lynch is area engineer with MoDOT and says the closure as far as the roadway goes will be as short as they can make it.
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 prime contractor will be working with local law enforcement and water patrol to make sure that the area is safe and secure before and after the blast. The 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. The old bridge had been in service since 1936, but was closed on Monday, Sept. 9, when the new Hurricane Deck Bridge was opened to traffic.