MoDOT Blasts First Section of Old Hurricane Deck Bridge

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago December 07, 2013 Dec 7, 2013 Saturday, December 07 2013 Saturday, December 07, 2013 2:38:00 PM CST in News
By: Taylor Barth, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

SUNRISE BEACH - The Missouri Department of Transportation initiated the first demolition phase of the 80 year-old Hurricane Deck Bridge at the Lake of the Ozarks Saturday morning. The first of three explosive blasts removed 740 feet of steel truss from the bridge.

Saturday's blast removed the north steel truss span. The bridge consists of three concrete girders and five steel girders. Only the steel truss spans, totalling 2180 feet, will be removed by the explosives.

The Missouri Department of Transportation hired contractor American Bridge Company, Incorporated and subcontractor Duane Houkom, Incorporated to blast the bridge. More than 31 pounds of explosives were used in the first blast. The explosives are linear shaped charges specifically designed to cut steel. The blast only took about 32 thousandths of a second to initiate, bringing the north steel truss span of the bridge down into the lake. Crews will take the steel from the water by crane and lift it onto a barge. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol temporarily closed Route 5 over the new Hurricane Deck Bridge and boat traffic was prohibited in a 1,500 foot radius. Officials also advised residents living around the lake to stay in their homes during the blast to ensure safety. 

"Due to the proximity of the old bridge to the new bridge, it's pretty close, so there were a lot of precautions made to keep folks safe," said MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester.

Silvester said the demolition brought out mixed emotions. 

"It's always a sad part of history to bring down an old structure, especially that's served so well for so long," he said. "There's many folks that do have a lot of sentimental memories. In September when we were out, there's a lot of folks who have been here for a long time that have know the old bridge and they were very moved to be able to see the old bridge and the new bridge in its state. It's exciting, but it's also said to bring down a structure like that." 

The new Hurricane Deck Bridge opened in September and the total replacement project cost $32 million. The next blast is scheduled to take place in two weeks, and third blast will take place two weeks after. The second blast will remove the south steel truss span and the third will remove the center.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police responded to an armed robbery Thursday night at Cirilla's on Bukner Street. According to investigators,... More >>
3 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 9:22:00 AM CDT in News
NEVADA (AP) — Authorities say a western Missouri deputy has shot and killed a driver after a pursuit ended with... More >>
3 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 8:33:11 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been killed in a St. Louis house fire. KSDK-TV reports... More >>
5 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 6:36:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — UPDATE: The University of Missouri Board of Curators Friday rescinded Bill Cosby's honorary degree in humane letters,... More >>
6 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 6:11:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens said he prefers a ramped-up House version of a bill to... More >>
17 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 7:04:56 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Some Missouri citizens will be affected by a change coming to the Missouri Rx program. On July... More >>
17 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:59:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Members from Crockett Enginerring Consultants and neighhbors from the Villas at Vintage Falls learned that one rezoning plan... More >>
17 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:42:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri circuit judge said Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's office wrote a confusing and... More >>
18 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:54:06 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former Kansas City physician was sentenced to one year and three months in federal prison... More >>
19 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:18:30 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has announced a housing program that would allow guests to rent out rooms in... More >>
19 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:55:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Southern Boone School District leaders are trying to crack down on outstanding lunch debts. The school board will... More >>
21 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:14:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – MU curators are concerned about finances for plant facility growth. The UM Board of Curators met on... More >>
21 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:02:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Crisis training for emergency dispatchers began Thursday at the Boone County Sheriff's Department. The training was focused... More >>
21 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:50:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A heavy police presence on Thursday afternoon in the 200 block of Apple Tree Court has been called... More >>
21 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:47:00 PM CDT in News
NIXA (AP) — After years of delays, construction has begun on what will be the largest solar farm in Missouri.... More >>
22 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:25:32 PM CDT in News
BOONVILLE – From the color, to the size, to the personality, everything is right about Jake. The supervisor at... More >>
22 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:59:58 PM CDT in News
TROY (AP) — A former easte rn Missouri elementary school principal has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for... More >>
22 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:46:13 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Friendly fire is blamed in the injury to a St. Louis police officer. Officers were... More >>
23 hours ago June 22, 2017 Jun 22, 2017 Thursday, June 22 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:13:39 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 80°
1pm 81°
2pm 82°
3pm 82°
4pm 82°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
12:30p
Inside Edition
1:00p
Days of Our Lives
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Judge Alex

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Originals
8:00p
Riverdale
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld