Riverside Road will be closed for two weeks, causing traffic delays and detours for people who live in the area.
The city of Ozark and the Ozark Special Road District announced a portion of Riverside Road will be closed beginning Wednesday, July 10. The closure will allow construction workers to replace two-cell box culverts between Patriot Drive and Greenbridge Road. They are being replaced with culverts that can hold “unlimited weight capacity.”
Presently, vehicles on Riverside Road have a weight limit of 12 tons, which causes difficulty for emergency vehicles and construction traffic. Riverside Road will be the key road used for construction of the new Riverside Bridge.
“In order to safely accommodate the construction vehicles and materials, Ozark Special Road District must replace the existing undersized box culverts,” a press release from the city of Ozark reads.
Construction crews finished removing the historic Riverside Bridge from its place across the Finley River on Jan. 30, 2019. The bridge will be relocated south to a spot south of the McCracken Road bridge near Finley River Park, where it will be used as part of Bass Pro Shops’ Finley Farms development.
Originally built in 1909, the Riverside Bridge was located next to the Ozark Mill. Craftsmen later determined the bridge wasn’t wide enough to properly serve the location and it was moved approximately a mile and a half to the north, where it took Riverside Road across the Finley River.
The bridge has been closed since July 2015, when it was deemed unusable after flood waters and debris damaged the structure. When federal and state transportation officials called to destroy the bridge, Ozark resident Kris Dyer and some other Ozark residents teamed up and fought back through a nonprofit initiative, Save the Riverside Bridge.
Bass Pro Shops project managers selected a relocation site near the mill—where the famous “Chadwick Flyer” railroad once crossed the Finley. It will be installed following a review with the Corps of Engineers. An exact completion date has not been announced.
For further information about the Riverside Bridge project, visit https://ozarkmissouri.com/465/38-cent-Transportation-Sales-Tax.