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Eight Oklahoma truss bridges get extra support after 2007 Minneapolis collapse

Several state truss bridges are receiving modifications to ensure they conform to the newest safety standards.

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: July 7, 2010
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Modifications have been made to eight of nine targeted truss bridges — similar to the span that fell in 2007 in Minneapolis, Minn. — to ensure they conform to new safety standards put in place after the deadly collapse, the state highway department's chief engineer said Tuesday.
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BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS

Emergency modification improvements were completed last week to eight truss bridges in the state. State Transportation Department officials said the bridges are safe. Changes to the bridges allow them to carry more weight, according to the department.


• State Highway 109 bridge over the Kiamichi River, 16.8 miles east of U.S. 271 in Choctaw County.


• State Highway 3 bridge over the Kiamichi River, 8 miles east of Antlers in Pushmataha County.


• U.S. 70 eastbound bridge over Little River, 5.8 miles north of the U.S. 259 junction in McCurtain County.


• U.S. 271 bridge over Fourche Maline, 26 miles north of the Pushmataha County line in Le Flore County.


• State Highway 74 bridge over the Washita River, 1.4 miles north of State Highway 19 in Garvin County.


• State Highway 75 bridge over Rock Creek, 7.2 miles north of State Highway 3 in Coal County.


• Two parallel bridges on U.S. 169 over Bird Creek, 7 miles north of the Interstate 44 junction in Tulsa County.

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