Veterans Boulevard Bridge In Branson Closing For Repairs
Folks who drive in Branson should take note the Veterans Boulevard Bridge will be closing for nearly two months beginning Monday.
The City of Branson has details in the press release below:
The Veterans Boulevard Bridge is scheduled for closure starting at 9 am on Monday April 1st. Veterans Boulevard Bridge is the bridge over Roark Creek just south of Cox Hospital. The closure is being done so that the City of Branson’s contractor can complete some needed maintenance and rehabilitation of the structure. This is the third major rehabilitation for this bridge, which was first built in the 1930’s.
A contract in the amount of $378,215 was awarded to Lehman Construction LLC on February 26th to complete the needed work. In April 2012 the Board of Aldermen heard a presentation from the city’s design consultant regarding options for the bridge repair. The options ranged from a new multi-million dollar structure to less costly “minimal rehabilitation” of the deteriorated portions of the bridge. The Aldermen voted for the less costly option which will add many years to the life to the current structure.
A majority of the bridge work is scheduled to be completed by May 24th. The road is expected to be opened back to 2-lanes of traffic after that date, which is Memorial Day Weekend. Between April 1st and May 24th the public should expect that the bridge will remain closed completely. After May 24th, the only remaining work should be limited to the pedestrian fencing and street lights which should allow the bridge to remain open. There may be some temporary times that one lane may be closed while the work is completed.
A detour route will be established and signage installed to guide motorists around the closure. Veterans Boulevard will be closed from the south side of the roundabout to Oklahoma Street. Businesses located within the closure zone will remain open and the public is encouraged to continue to support these affected businesses.