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Oklahoma tornadoes: Historic bridge near Newcastle damaged beyond repair

A tornado Monday ripped apart the old U.S. 62 trestle bridge over the Canadian River near Newcastle. The bridge, which parallels Interstate 44, has been closed to traffic since 1963.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: May 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013
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— A historic trestle bridge over the Canadian River near here that was damaged by Monday's tornado cannot be repaired, state officials say.

The old U.S. 62 bridge that parallels Interstate 44 will have to be demolished for safety reasons, said Larry Clore, state Transportation Department spokesman.

The tornado ripped a section of the bridge off its mounts, Clore said. Pieces landed on I-44, making it impassable for several hours until the debris could be cleared.

The bridge, built in 1923, has been closed to traffic since 1963, Core said. It had remained standing because three utility lines crossed it, and the bridge served as support for those lines, Core said.

The tornado damage was so extensive that the utility companies have had to cap their lines, and the bridge will have to be removed, he said.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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