The historic 1931 Taneycomo Bridge looks quite different today compared to a month ago when vehicles were still traveling back and forth over it.
“So far, we’ve been removing the hand rails and sidewalks,” said Brett Foster, senior construction inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
A project to build a new two-lane bridge over Lake Taneycomo, a new roundabout and re-deck the historic bridge started a year ago.
On Dec. 4, the old Taneycomo Bridge was closed for a year-long rehabilitation effort; later that night, the new bridge opened.
Foster said so far what they have found with the historic bridge’s deck has not been a surprise. He said the deck was deteriorating.
“We are pretty familiar with the condition of it,” Foster said.
“Regardless of the condition, it is all going to be removed.”
The old deck will be completely removed and replaced with a deck that has a 28-foot-wide driving surface and five-foot sidewalk.
“It will look a lot different,” Foster said.
He added that after the first of the year, the larger portions of the historic bridge’s deck will be removed.