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County Must Decide Fate of McDaniel Lake Bridge

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- Greene County Commissioners are a step closer to deciding what to do with the aging bridge over McDaniel Lake.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County leaders must decide what to do with a bridge over McDaniel Lake.

The bridge was built in 1929, but a routine inspection in 2010 discovered significant deficiencies. The bridge was closed to traffic and is now only used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Greene County Commission heard some possible options Monday, which includes repairs, removal or replacement.

Presiding Commissioner Jim Viebrock says he'd like to see the bridge remain open to anglers and pedestrians.

"In a perfect world we'd be able to replace it. In a perfect world it would already be replaced. But these are just difficult times and this is a tough issue."

It would cost about $1.5 million to repair the bridge and about $3 million to replace it.

One option is to relinquish ownership to City Utilities, which gets water from McDaniel Lake.

Viebrock says the commission will consider all proposals and vote in the coming weeks.

The recommendations presented Monday follow the collection and study of a public comment session. 
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