The old Bend Bridge connecting Pacific to Catawissa and Robertsville turns 96 this year. Though deemed important to the economy of the region, the lifespan of the old structure may be short. The police department gets frequent calls to help semis back along Highway N, navigate a 90-degree angle and back up the hill to a turn-around spot. The county wants to build a new bridge across the Meramec near this location.
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