In less than 12 months, the Manhattan Road & Bridge Co. of Tulsa has completed the reconstruction and widening of the Guthrie Viaduct over Cottonwood Creek. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new bridge will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
The $17 million contract was awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in October, 2016, and work began January 30, 2017. Four lanes of SH-33 between 12th St. and Division St. in Guthrie will be fully opened via the new bridge that spans more than 1,600 feet.
The reconstructed bridge features several aesthetic elements that compliment Guthrie’s historic downtown including arches and stamped concrete beams.
The nearly 700-foot-long Guthrie Viaduct was built in 1936 under the U.S. Works Program, but 80 years of wear and tear left the bridge structurally deficient and in need of significant maintenance to remain in service.
According to ODOT, they previously spent about a quarter of a million dollars annually to maintain the bridge, including emergency repair of holes that frequently opened on the existing bridge deck. With more than 12,500 vehicles crossing the bridge daily, and an estimated 16,800 vehicles a day expected to cross the bridge by 2036, ODOT determined the bridge needed replacement.