Hurricane Deck Bridge

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Hurricane Deck Bridge
Coordinates 38°07′32″N 92°48′15″W / 38.12556°N 92.80417°W / 38.12556; -92.80417
Carries 2 lanes of Route 5
Crosses Osage Arm; Lake of the Ozarks
Locale Hurricane Deck, Missouri
Maintained by Missouri DOT
ID number MoDOT K-961R
Design Truss arch bridge
Total length 2,280.3 feet (695.0 m)
Width 28.0 feet (8.5 m)
Height 60 feet (18 m) to 65 feet (20 m)
(depending on water levels).
Longest span 462.8 feet (141.1 m)
Construction start 1934
Opened 1936
Still in good condition
Closed 2013
Daily traffic 8,166 (As of 2006)

The Hurricane Deck Bridge was a truss arch bridge located on Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County, Missouri. It carried Missouri Route 5 across the Osage Arm of the lake. It was perhaps one of the most distinctive features on the lake. It was the only truss-type bridge remaining on the lake. The American Institute of Steel Construction selected the bridge as the most beautiful steel span built in 1936. It was about half a mile long.


Construction for the bridge began in 1934 and was completed in 1936. The bridge was one of three bridges on the lake constructed with the truss support below the deck enabling passengers to see the lake clearly. The bridge construction was similar to that of the original Niangua Bridge. Before the bridge was built, cars were moved across the lake by ferry.

At one time the bridge was originally a toll bridge. The prices to pass were 40 cents for car and driver, 5 cents for each additional passenger; cars towing trailers had to pay 60 cents plus the nickel surcharge for each additional passenger. You could also save a dime by purchasing a round trip toll.


In 2012, MODOT replaced the bridge with a Delta Frame Bridge.[1] The Hurricane Deck Bridge was demolished in December 2013.

Similarities and differences to the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge[edit]

The Hurricane Deck Bridge was one of the most similar bridges to the I-35W Mississippi River bridge in the nation and the most identical in Missouri. However, it was in much better condition than the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge. It was of the Deck-truss construction for Vehicular traffic. The Hurricane Deck Bridge had a longer main span than the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge (462 feet vs. 458 feet). The I-35W Mississippi River bridge spanned both sides of the Mississippi River in contrast to the Hurricane Deck Bridge. It's daily traffic was about 8,000 cars daily versus 140,000 cars daily. Due to this, the Hurricane Deck Bridge had a weaker steel construction than the I-35W Bridge steel construction.


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