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Four Lake Area roads undergoing improvements

Four Lake Area roads undergoing improvements

November 14th, 2012 in News

The two large construction cranes that can be seen sticking up over the guardrails of the Hurricane Deck Bridge are part of the equipment that workers are using to build columns to anchor a new bridge to the bedrock beneath the Lake and provide support for the actual span that will carry traffic over Highway 5 near Sunrise Beach.

Photo by Ceil Abbott

Last week, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded two contracts for highway resurfacing bringing to four the total number of Lake Area roadways scheduled for improvement over the next year.

The first contract awarded last week was to APAC-Missouri for an $84,311.54 for resurfacing about one mile of the Osage Beach Parkway. Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Engineer, Bob Lynch, said most of the resurfacing will be done east of the Highway 42 junction and will begin in the spring with a completion date prior to the Memorial Day Weekend.

Lynch said completion of the resurfacing project was part of an agreement MoDOT made with Osage Beach before the city takes possession of the roadway. In the meantime, he said, MoDOT is constructing signage renaming the roadway "Osage Beach Parkway/Business 54" that will be installed as soon as possible.

MoDOT also announced, last week, that a contract has been signed with Magurder Paving, LLC, Troy, Mo., for a resurfacing project to improve some 28 miles of Missouri Highway 5 from the Niangua Bridge, north of Camdenton, to the city of Versailles.

At a cost of $6,425,514.61 that project will begin in the spring and take nearly all season to complete, Lynch said. The project includes resurfacing the existing roadway as well as the installation of four-foot wide shoulders on both sides of the highway from the Niangua Bridge to Gravois Mills and three-foot wide shoulders on both sides of the highway from Gravois Mills to Versailles. Rumble strips will also be added to both the shoulders and the centerline of the entire stretch of highway. In addition to the Highway 5 work, the contract also calls for resurfacing of nearly three-miles of U.S. Highway 54 in Camden County.

In the meantime, work on the resurfacing project for state Route W and Missouri 42 in Miller County is ongoing.

The portion of the project that called for the addition of two-foot shoulders and rumble strips on Route W between Lake Ozark and Rocky Mount has been completed and the work on Highway 42 is well underway.

Lynch said much of the Highway 42 project, including the addition of two-foot shoulders and rumble strips to the section of highway between Brumley and Iberia is nearing completion. He said when the work on that stretch is finished this winter, not only will the roadway have shoulders and rumble strips along those shoulders and the center line, but the striping will also be repainted.

Lynch said plans for completion of the project calls for the contractor to add 3-foot shoulders, rumble strips and new striping to the existing highway from Brumley to Osage Beach during the 2013 construction season. He said it is MoDOT's objective to add shoulders to all the major roads around the state as resurfacing projects are being done.

"Both Highway 5 and 42 are major roadways," he said. "So they both will have shoulders and rumble strips when the projects are completed next year."

Workers are also installing the understructure for a new Hurricane Deck Bridge to carry traffic across the main channel of the Lake near Sunrise Beach.

Lynch said much of the "underwater" work to anchor columns to the bedrock beneath the Lake has been completed and workers are beginning the steps necessary to extend those columns above the water's surface to provide support for the bridge, itself. He said, the columns that will support the ends of the bridge on either side of the channel nearest the shorelines are already in place and the construction company is in the process of extending that support system across the deepest part of the channel.

Lynch said boaters using the Lake near the construction site have been both courteous and cautious in the area and he would like to commend the boating public and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division, for the work they have done to maintain safety around the construction zone.

The $32.3 million project will be the final step in replacing four of the original bridges that carried U.S. Highway 54 and Missouri 5 across the various arms of the lake. The original two-lane bridge that carried Highway 54 traffic across the Grand Glaize Arm in Osage Beach was replaced in 1995 and recently updated to carry three lanes of traffic to serve both the Osage Beach Parkway and the U.S. Highway 54 Expressway. The original two-lane bridges that carried traffic over the Niangua Arm of the Lake west of Camdenton and Highway 5 traffic over the Niangua Arm north of Camdenton were replaced in the early 2000s.

The 1,000-foot long, 77-year-old Hurricane Deck Bridge will be replaced with a new structure that will have two, 10-foot wide lanes and 12-foot wide shoulders. The new structure is being built just three feet east of the current span by the American Bridge Company. Except for brief closure periods, Missouri 5 will remain open to traffic throughout the yearlong construction period.

Once the new bridge is installed and opened to traffic, in late 2013, workers will begin to dismantle the old bridge. The entire project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014.

If you want to see how the construction of the new bridge is progressing, MoDOT is offering a link to a time-lapsed camera located beneath the bridge that captures the construction images as they are taking place.

Currently, the cameras are showing the crews forming and pouring columns, beams and caps for several bridge piers. The bridge foundations have been set in the water, and overall the project is about a third of the way complete.

"This is an extensive and complex project," said MoDOT resident engineer John Sanders. "As an example, the depth of the water at the bridge's foundation locations ranges from 40 feet to 85 feet deep. That's a lot of water to go through just to start drilling."

The link to the cameras can be found under Major Projects at