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Ideas Expressed at Forsyth Bridge Meeting

By: Sam Clanton
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A new or improved Highway 76 bridge over Bull Shoals Lake at Forsyth is scheduled for 2017 and MoDOT is seeking ideas from local residents prior to designing the project. Tuesday night dozens turned out for a public hearing on the bridge at Forsyth High School.

Among those to voice their opinions was Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell, who expressed safety and logistic concerns over shutting down or reducing traffic on the existing bridge in a remodel situation…

Jimmie Russell H010  :14  “… the Shadow Rock Intersection”

Russell also suggested keeping the existing bridge intact for pedestrian use, versus adding a walking lane to a new bridge.

Several other ideas were presented by residents, including involvement of the Corps of Engineers for a temporary pontoon bridge while a new bridge is constructed.

Robert Rasmussen suggested construction of a new bridge, keeping the existing bridge intact for future remodeling, similar to the Lake Taneycomo bridge project between Hollister and Branson…

Robert Rasmussen H 011   :15   “… done right away” 

MoDOT is looking at a budget of 6-point-6 million dollars for the project in 2017. Assistant District Engineer Dan Salisbury stated the point of the meeting was to “listen first and engineer later.”