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Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-8028
VAN BUREN, MO–Ozark National Scenic Riverways announces that the Sinking Creek access, including the campground and gravel bar, will be temporarily closed to the public during the construction of a temporary bridge over Sinking Creek by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).The Sinking Creek access will be reopened following the completion of the temporary bridge.
The temporary bridge will be constructed over Sinking Creek on State Highway 19, adjacent to the existing bridge, which was recently inspected by MoDOT and found in need of replacement. Construction of the temporary bridge was scheduled to begin on April 27 and is currently expected to take approximately four weeks unless unforeseen circumstances delay construction.
The Sinking Creek campground and gravel bar are located beneath the bridge and within the construction zone.In addition, the entrance to the Sinking Creek access will be disrupted due to construction.In order to ensure public safety during construction of the temporary bridge, the entire area will be temporarily closed to all park visitors and use.
The temporary bridge will remain in operation during the construction of a new permanent replacement bridge over Sinking Creek on State Highway 19.For more information, visit the park's Facebook page, the park's website at www.nps.gov/ozar or phone (573)323-4236.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.