The bridge replacement project on US-77 over the Cimarron River is still on schedule to be completed by this fall, according to Oklahoma Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Lisa Shearer-Salim.
The $5.5 million contract was awarded to Frontier Bridge Inc./Bridgeco Contracting of Okarche in June 2018 and work started in September 2018. The new bridge is built, and the contractor is currently working on reconstructing and realigning the highway between SH-74C and East County Road 76 north of Guthrie.
Motorists are being asked to show patience as there are temporary stoplights on the old bridge and the traffic must clear before the light will change. The new bridge will be a two lane bridge but unlike its predecessor it will be widened to add shoulders on each side of the bridge.
“We’re asking motorists statewide for their patience as projects are being delayed and more damage continues to be found after the historic rainfall and flooding events in late May 2019. This is an issue that is impacting dozens of projects and ODOT, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and cities and counties. This project is behind two or three weeks because of all the rain but since the bridge is already done, we anticipate making that time up in the coming months. The bridge should be fully open to traffic later this summer. The entire project should be completed early this fall when the old bridge’s demolition is completed,” said Shearer-Salim.
ODOT has also completed repairs on Noble where the road dropped by 9th Street after the recent floods. Lemon-Haskell completed the repairs last Friday and had the road back to two lanes Friday morning.