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Meeting Tonight on Plan for Bull Shoals Bridge in Taney County

FORSYTHE, Mo. - The future of one bridge in the heart of the Ozarks is the focus of a special meeting tonight in Forsyth.
FORSYTHE, Mo. - The future of one bridge in the heart of the Ozarks is the focus of a special meeting tonight in Forsyth. 

The Bull Shoals Lake bridge on Highway 160 needs to be repaired or replaced, according to engineers for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Beth Schaller is the the MODOT area engineer for Taney County.  She says the span is not falling down, but needs a plan for the near future.
"We have a rating system, it's rated a five which is actually fairly good. A lot of times a bridge will get down to a three before we really consider it critical and needing to be addressed."

The new bridge is a multi-million dollar project and it's paid with tax dollars and federal grants.
"The estimated cost on the bridge is about 5.4 million including the dirt work and everything to get up to the bridge is about 6.6 million," says Schaller.

But home and business owners near the bridge, as well as public safety agencies, are worried about safety and traffic detour issues if the bridge is closed during construction. 

Charles Allgood, the Central Taney County Fire Protection District fire chief, says closing the bridge would cripple his response time and force his department to rely on others in the area.

Tonight's meeting about the options for the bridge will be held at 5pm at the Forsyth School cafeteria on Panther Street. 


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