POWELL, MO.--- Emergency vehicles can now make their way across the Powell Bridge in McDonald County. While an official ceremony is still in the works, residents and emergency vehicles can now use it.
"Been waiting on this for 35 years, for this bridge to be built," said Robert Samson, Powell Resident.
For years, safety concerns forced Stella emergency vehicles to go out of their way to reach homeowners across Big Sugar Creek.
"Several miles to go back the back way and and probably several minutes, 5 to 10 minutes longer," said Mike Hall, McDonald County Sheriff.
The new bridge allows for a quicker response time that is not only convenient, but can be life saving.
"It's going to help us to know that we don't have to go all the way around another county road to get back to some of the houses in that area," said Sheriff Hall.
For Powell Resident Jack Hollingsworth, it's a sigh of relief.
"At my age, I feel pretty good about that because we are back here in the east side of the county and it takes quite awhile to get people here," said Jack Hollingsworth, Powell Resident.
For Samson and Hollingsworth, they have peace of mind knowing help is right around the corner.
"I've been very fortunate, I haven't had any situations like that but at our age, me and my neighbor here, we never know when that is going to happen," said Hollingsworth.
A date for the official ribbon cutting ceremony has not been set. It's not just emergency vehicles, UPS trucks can now deliver to the residents' door.
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