EDMOND — Contractors are replacing four piers on a bridge on Sooner Road that was closed in September for emergency repairs.
The 87-year-old bridge between Covell and Coffee Creek roads was shut down after state Department of Transportation officials found significant erosion around the timber supports, said City Engineer Steve Manek.
City Manager Larry Stevens said the contractor, Redlands Construction, has 75 calendar days to complete the project. The work should be completed by the end of April, Stevens said.
There is only one home on the closed section of roadway, but 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles typically travel that road each day.
Emergency design work and repairs are expected to cost $297,292. The cost was expected to be taken from the general fund reserves. Council members are discussing paying for the work with additional money the city has received this year from sales tax growth officials are calling “unprecedented.”
For the first seven months of the fiscal year, Edmond has had a 19.31 percent sales tax revenue increase when compared with the previous one. Edmond has received $35,921,986 in sales tax revenue.
City officials had completed design work on a new bridge to be constructed in the next couple of years for an estimated $2.5 million. There is no money available at this time for a new bridge.
The repair costs and the expense of a new bridge would be the responsibility of the city.
City officials have been aware the old bridge has structural programs. They were concerned about the instability of the timber piles in the event of a large rainstorm.
A 10-ton weight limit has been posted on the bridge for some time.