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Bramwell Bridge options presented at meeting

Fifty to 60 Bennett Spring area residents from both Laclede and Dallas Counties gathered Monday night at the park’s Nature Center to learn more about the future of the area’s Bramwell Bridge. The tiny wooden bridge at the park’s lower entrance which has endured for 90 years has been a source of controversy over the last many years. Built at a time when area traffic consisted of horses, buggies, farm wagons and those new-fangled horseless carriages, it has presented a challenge to modern day traffic and its heavier loads. The bridge’s location at the confluence of the park’s spring branch and the Niangua River also makes is highly susceptible to flood damage and has further complicated the situation. For more on this story, see Wednesday's LCR.