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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 20, 2022 – The wooden Bramwell Bridge at Bennett Spring State Park is closed to vehicular traffic indefinitely. During the last flood, a large tree struck the bridge and was lodged against its upstream side. Due to safety concerns, park officials kept the bridge closed until water levels were low enough for a thorough inspection. 

On June 23, inspectors noted damage the tree had caused to the bridge’s pilings and abutments, as well as significant pitting of the steel girders. Based on these inspection results, the bridge was deemed unsafe for vehicles to cross. The bridge is closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. The fishing access at that location is still accessible from the Bramwell entrance. While the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, it is still open and safe for pedestrians to cross, and is also open to anglers. 

Bennett Spring State Park is located at 26250 Highway 64A outside of Lebanon. For more information, call 417-532-4338. 

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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