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Posted on: October 4, 2023

McCracken Road Project Completed: Unveiling the Restored Historic Mill Pond Bridge

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Ozark, Mo -- After months of hard work and dedication, the highly anticipated McCracken Road Project has reached its completion, marking a significant milestone in the community's commitment to infrastructure improvements. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the community for their patience during this transformative process.

The grand finale is set to take place with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, at 11 a.m. at the Mill Pond Bridge. We invite the community to join in the celebration of this beautifully revitalized landmark.

The McCracken Road project encompasses several vital improvements aimed at enhancing the overall community experience. The 95-year-old Mill Pond Bridge has undergone a complete reconstruction, ensuring its structural integrity for years to come. The intersection of North 3rd Street and McCracken Road has been revamped, incorporating safety features such as new intersection approaches, striped turn lanes, directional islands, and improved signage. Additionally, the roadway elevation has been raised to introduce new stormwater boxes, mitigating the impact of frequent flooding events. These measures not only improve safety but also contribute to the overall resilience of the community during adverse weather conditions.

This ambitious project has been made possible through the Governor’s Cost Share Grant and a collaborative partnership between the City of Ozark, the State of Missouri, Ozark Special Road District, Christian County, MODoT, and Finley Farms TDD. This group’s combined efforts reflect a shared commitment to enhancing the community's infrastructure and preserving its historical landmarks.

The McCracken Road project is not just about improving the physical infrastructure; it's about creating a safer, more efficient, and aesthetically pleasing environment for the community. By enhancing traffic flow, pedestrian safety, and stormwater management, this project aligns with broader community goals.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 4, is an invitation to all community members to witness the transformation of a historic landmark and to share in the pride of a community that values its past while building a brighter future.

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Photos of the Ribbon Cutting: 

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