I’ve read articles from sources like the Taney County Time numerous times and over numerous years that were concerned with the building of a new bridge over Bull Shoals lake at the intersection of highways 160 and 76 just to the east of the city of Forsyth MO. A great idea as the current bridge was built in the time of Moses from what I’ve gathered.
On July 23, 2016 – the Taney Times came out with an article that did peak my interest. For now it would seem that the powers that be are getting ready to bid the project out, ostensibly to the lowest bidder. I think the figure I’ve heard is somewhere around eight million or so, to put up a new bridge that will be situated ‘to the west’ of the old one. There was also some talk about constructing a ’roundabout’ at the same time to help enhance traffic flow…. All of which sounded really swell, even taking into account the involvement of the Federal government, which generally assures massive screw ups, delays and (wait for it) an announcement of cost over runs well before the bridge ever gets completed.
That this bridge will be built, I have no doubt. As far as the roundabout goes, it’s already mired in political conjecture and procedural miasma, and we all know how those things generally turn out. (It’ll be a cluster fart that will end up cost twice the estimated amount).
Well, after some research, I did encounter an article written on MoDot’s webpage that indicated that ‘MoDOT made the decision to build the new bridge WEST of the existing span.’ OK. So that would mean that the construction will have an impact on the existing Shadowrock and River Run pair of parks! The article also stated that ‘From now until 2017, MoDOT bridge designers will be working on the plans for the bridge. Also during this time, MoDOT will work to complete the necessary environmental clearances, relocate nearby utility lines and acquire the necessary property to build the bridge.’ Hmm. I thought to myself. That hints that someone is going to lose something via eminent domain procedures. I wondered just who that might be? Well let’s look at an aerial view, shall we..
Please forgive me my terrible graphic, but the green would indicate the new bridge location and that round ball thingy would the the roundabout. Now while it is not clear from the visual – both parks would be seriously impacted. My question would be to ask why they didn’t want to build it to the EAST of the existing bridge. A location that would place it in unoccupied, Federal land?
If a bridge were built in that location, the impact to existing infrastructure would be minimal. So, is there something I’m missing here?