JEFFERSON CITY - At their monthly meeting on Dec. 1, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a change to MoDOT's current transportation program to include the replacement of the Route 5 Hurricane Deck Bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County.The commission approved the change to the 2011-2015 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which had originally scheduled rehabilitation and repair work for the Hurricane Deck Bridge during the 2011 construction season. Instead of rehabilitating the bridge, the replacement project is now scheduled to start in early 2012, at an estimated cost of $30 million. The new Hurricane Deck Bridge would accommodate two driving lanes with shoulders.MoDOT requested the change to the transportation program after weighing the costs involved with a short term fix versus a long term one."As we considered the best use of transportation dollars, we determined that rehabilitation might only last ten years, and a replacement could have at least a 75 year lifespan," said Nicole Hood, MoDOT transportation project manager. "For the amount of money needed to rehab the bridge, we thought it would be best to find a way to replace it instead." For more information about this project or for other transportation-related information, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central.