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US66 Pony Truss Bridge at Bridgeport

Started by rte66man, November 03, 2022, 08:55:29 AM

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rte66man

Ribbon cutting yesterday for the restoration of the US66 bridge across the South Canadian River that was featured in the movie "The Grapes of Wrath":

https://www.facebook.com/OKDOT/posts/423785029945249

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CADDO CO.: Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell and Oklahoma History Center Director Trait Thompson joined Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz at the US-281/Rt. 66 Bridgeport Bridge Wednesday afternoon for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of a nearly 2-year and more than $35 million bridge rehabilitation project. This work by OBC Inc. of Edmond will extend the lifespan and improve safety on the longest pony truss bridge in Oklahoma. While the project will repair the bridge piers and widen the deck to 28 feet in width, the design by CP&Y also calls for the restoration of the 38 truss spans that have made the bridge one of the highlights of touring Oklahoma's more than 400 miles of historic Route 66. This rehabilitation project comes after thousands of hours and collaborative planning with multiple agencies, the Oklahoma and national Route 66 associations, FHWA and the State Historic Preservation Office. It also received a $22 million federal BUILD grant sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe and the Oklahoma congressional delegation. The bridge is closed to all vehicle and foot traffic, with an opening expected in 2024.
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kphoger

Here are my own photos of the bridge, from 2019.



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Scott5114

Okay, SOMETIMES Oklahoma does something cool. This is an ideal bridge for historical preservation in place like this, since the vast majority of thru traffic takes the I-40 bridge just south of here, so they can afford to have it out for a couple of years.
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Alps

I kinda gotta question how they're gonna widen this bridge to 28 feet. I hope they keep original concrete and don't cast a replica of what's there, but I have my doubts.

rte66man

When you come to a fork in the road... TAKE IT.

                                                               -Yogi Berra

kphoger

Quote from: Alps on November 04, 2022, 12:05:34 AM
I kinda gotta question how they're gonna widen this bridge to 28 feet. I hope they keep original concrete and don't cast a replica of what's there, but I have my doubts.

According to the link just posted:

"The proposed project will address the transportation challenges by replacing the superstructure with a new multi-beam steel structure and a concrete deck. The substructure will also be replaced, and the original pony trusses will be reattached to the outside of the steel beams. In this manner, the trusses are no longer bearing the full structural load but would still appear in the same configuration as the original structure for drivers and for observers ... The existing bridge railings will be replaced with modern crash-tested railings with a design consistent with the historic context of the bridge, in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation ..."
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Scott5114

So, basically, they're converting it to a modern steel girder bridge, and attaching the old pony trusses to the sides of it as kind of a decoration?
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kphoger

Quote from: Scott5114 on November 07, 2022, 12:56:28 PM
So, basically, they're converting it to a modern steel girder bridge, and attaching the old pony trusses to the sides of it as kind of a decoration?

That's how I read it too.

In all honesty, the appearance is all 99% of the people care about anyway.
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Bobby5280

I don't mind them repurposing the original pony trusses on a new bridge structure. As long as the aesthetics look proper I'm all for it. The end result will have a lot more visual personality than all the very unremarkable but newer bridges state-wide. I remember seeing a lot more of those truss style bridges in Oklahoma when I was a kid. There were a few near Lawton. Those are all gone.

Hopefully the pony trusses won't need a great deal of rehab work.

Plutonic Panda

Yeah this is a pretty kick ass project! I'm glad they went this route with this one.

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Scott5114

Man, Oklahoma can really do some cool stuff when it feels like it. (Which makes it frustrating that they don't bother half the time.)
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Plutonic Panda

Quote from: Scott5114 on May 17, 2024, 01:30:42 AMMan, Oklahoma can really do some cool stuff when it feels like it. (Which makes it frustrating that they don't bother half the time.)
Completely agreed. I'm heading back west next week. I'm gonna stop at Sid's for a burger and then check this bridge out I'm excited.

MikieTimT

Pretty cool that they found a way to preserve the most visible parts of the old bridge.  Arkansas is actually building a new pony truss bridge to replace the one over the Mulberry River on AR-23 at Turner Bend.  Unfortunately, they couldn't find anyone to take the old bridge, but they are, amazingly, going to build a new pony truss bridge just to the west (downstream) to replace the old historic bridge.

https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?msg=2923817



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