Emergency repair approved for turnpike bridge

Work should begin later this month on the Oak Road bridge on the Turner Turnpike in Lincoln County, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: May 17, 2013

Emergency repairs are expected to begin later this month on a Turner Turnpike bridge in Lincoln County.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority declared an emergency Thursday and approved a $528,858 contract to Gibson & Associates to repair Oak Road bridge over the eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike.

An oversize tractor-trailer struck the bridge, agency spokesman Jack Damrill said. Turnpike motorists are not affected by the damage, but the bridge was closed to motorists after the damaged section was declared unsafe to carry traffic loads.

Work should begin later this month, with the contract calling for the work to be done in 36 days, Damrill said. The work will consist of removing and replacing the portions of the damaged exterior beams over the eastbound lanes of the turnpike.

The eastbound lanes of the Turner Turnpike will remain open during the construction work, although one lane may occasionally be closed, he said.

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