Missouri Bridge Gets Checkup

1 decade 10 months 2 weeks ago Monday, August 06 2007 Aug 6, 2007 Monday, August 06, 2007 8:28:09 PM CDT August 06, 2007 in News

MoDOT closed traffic down to one lane on Highway 5 as engineers inspected the structure.

Bridges like the Hurricane Deck are inspected at least every other year. MoDOT last inspected the bridge in October. Still, MoDOT is conducting thorough inspections on the bridge, as well as 10 others with a similar design statewide.

"This one here at Hurricane Deck at the Lake of the Ozarks is the only one in the state that is really exactly like the one in Minnesota. That is truss work underneath the deck, also the arch shape at the bottom of the truss," said Jeff Briggs, MoDOT spokesperson.

Despite the talk of structural deficiency and condition ratings following the Minnesota bridge collapse, MoDOT insists the wording has been in technical terms which have no bearing on safety.

"We will not take a rating below a three. If it has the conditions that warrant a lower than three rating, we'll close the structure and repair it, or leave it closed," said Carl Callahan, a MoDOT engineer.

Using one of two "snooper" trucks statewide, inspectors can get within arm's length to search for any damages on the bridge. MoDOT says its safer, sounder bridges program will be a priority, should Gov. Blunt call a special legislative session next month.

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