Hurricane Deck Bridge crosses the main channel of the lake at approximately mile marker 35. It carries Missouri Highway 5 between Versailles and Camdenton.
The bridge was built in 1936--five years after the new Lake of the Ozarks filled. Prior to that time traffic crossed by ferry.
Originally there was a toll to use Hurricane Deck Bridge: 40 cents for car and driver, 5 cents for each additional passenger; cars towing trailers had to pay 60 cents plus the nickel surcharge for each additional passenger. (You could save a dime by purchasing a round trip toll ticket.)
The bridge deck is 65 feet above full reservoir. The American Institute of Steel Construction selected the bridge as the most beautiful steel span built in 1936. It is one-half mile long.
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