Buckled bridge closes Oklahoma Highway 33 near downtown Guthrie

Oklahoma transportation officials are watching other old bridges that could be affected by the heat after a bridge on State Highway 33 near downtown Guthrie buckled.
by Bryan Painter Modified: August 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm •  Published: August 2, 2012

Someone noticed the joints on the bridge were getting too close to each other Wednesday evening and called Guthrie police, who contacted the Transportation Department.

Angier said transportation officials had a public meeting in Guthrie a few months ago to talk about issues regarding the bridge and how to address them.

“It is an older bridge and it sits at an interesting angle to where there is a lot of wear and tear on it, so we're aware of it and we're trying to fix it,” she said.

Angier said workers cut out a 10-by-26-foot panel and will need to wait for the coolest temperatures — possibly at 3 to 4 a.m. Friday — to pour concrete.

“Engineers have taken advantage of the already closed bridge and are taking a closer look at all the other joints and for more possible heat-related needed repairs,” she said.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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