Rehabilitation project scheduled for Belle Isle bridges in Oklahoma City

Bids are scheduled to be opened Aug. 21 on a $5 million rehabilitation project for the Belle Isle bridges on Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City.
by Randy Ellis Modified: August 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm •  Published: August 12, 2014


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At right: A deteriorated area under a Belle Isle bridge. 
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At right: A deteriorated area under a Belle Isle bridge. NATE BILLINGS -

Bids are scheduled to be opened Aug. 21 on a $5 million rehabilitation project for the Belle Isle bridges on Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City.

All lanes of Interstate 44 are expected to remain open throughout the project, said Terri Angier, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Transportation Department.

That’s good news for motorists, since that stretch of I-44 near Penn Square Mall is one of the busiest in Oklahoma, with about 96,600 vehicles a day passing over the bridges, she said.

If all goes as planned, the contract will be awarded Sept. 8 and rehabilitation work should begin in early winter.

The rehabilitation work is expected to take a little longer than a year and will consist of repairing deteriorated concrete in the substructure elements of both east and westbound bridges and ramps over Northwest Expressway and Classen Boulevard.

There will be a need to close the westbound I-44 exit ramp to the Northwest Expressway for a few hours at some point during the project to repair or replace signs mounted on the ramp, Angier said.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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