The Edmond Sun

Local News

June 25, 2012

Logan County bridge closes in July

EDMOND — A 73-year-old Logan County bridge that is considered functionally obsolete will be closed for demolition in late July. Replacing the bridge will improve public safety, said Logan County Commissioner Mark Sharpton of District 1.

The two-lane bridge at Broadway and Camp is too narrow for oncoming traffic on the bridge, Sharpton said. Construction will involve a new 227-foot structure with 12-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders.

“It was really designed for when vehicles were more narrow and smaller,” said Mary Murphey, first deputy commissioner. “If you try to get two semis to cross at the same time, it is one close squeeze, like (Sharpton) said, ‘It makes your knuckles white.’”

Plans are to begin demolition in late July, depending on weather conditions contracting scheduling, Murphey said. The project has been delayed from July 2, she said.

“We have been informed by the contractor that replacing the bridge could take up to six months,” Sharpton said.

Bridgeco Contractors Inc. is the low bidder for the $1.12 million project. Eighty percent of the cost of the Broadway bridge replacement project was approved for federal funding through the Surface Transportation Program. The remaining 20 percent match was through the County Bridge and Road Improvements fund, Sharpton said.

State Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, said counties oftentimes get that federal STP money through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments or the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma.

“They’ll do that independently of the ODOT plan,” Jason said.

Those who use the bridge are advised to plan an alternate route. Detour signs will be posted. Northbound drivers on Broadway will be rerouted east on Seward to Bryant and Academy, then north to Triplett and west back to Broadway. Southbound drivers will detour east on Triplett to Bryant, south on Bryant to Seward, west on Seward to return to Broadway.

For more information about the at Broadway and Camp bridge closing, contact the District 1 office at 282-3581.

 

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 114

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