Hurricane Deck Bridge
Hurricane Deck Bridge is located in Camden County, Missouri. It is open to traffic. It was built in 1934-1936 and rehabilitated in 1985. Stupp Brothers Bridge and Iron Co. of St. Louis, Missouri. Sverdrup and Parcel were the two engineers who built the Hurricane Deck Bridge. The design of the Hurricane Deck Bridge is based on Warren deck truss. The total cost of the bridge construction was $ 655,000, the average daily traffic of the place is (as of 2007)-7,802.It is a great and a unique bridge for river Ozarks. Before the bridge was built cars were moved across the lake by ferry.
Hurricane Deck Bridge of Ozarks crosses the main channel of the lake of approximately mile marker 35. It carries Missouri highway 5 between Versailles and Camdenton. It was built in 1936 –five years after the lake filled. It was named as Hurricane Deck because it was heard that a tornado struck that area which was locally "Hurricanes". It is a nautical term associated with river steamboats. The Hurricane Deck was the uppermost deck which provides and allows everyone to experience the pleasant breezy place and the passing scenery.
One of the most distinctive innovative bridges in the Lake of the Ozarks is the Hurricane Deck Bridge. It is one of the three "upside down" bridges where its truss support is under the road deck making the passengers in cars to visualize the lake. The bridge's design is similar to the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge that broke down in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2007. The Hurricane Deck Bridge is a much less busy than the I-35W Bridge. The Hurricane Deck Bridge has a weaker steel construction than the I-35W Bridge steel construction. The other two bridges - the Grand Glaze Bridge over the Grand Glaze Arm and the Niangua Bridge over the Niangua Arm have been torn down and replaced by girder bridges. It is the only truss bridge remaining on the lake of Ozarks and still in good condition. It is a vehicular type bridge.
Originally there was a toll to use the Hurricane Bridge: 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. The bridge deck is 65 feet above full reservoir. The American Institute of Steel Construction selected the bridge as the most beautiful steel span built in 1936 it one half mile long.