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Afton residents fighting to save Horse Creek Bridge

Afton residents fighting to save Horse Creek Bridge

MiamiOK.com
By Melinda Stotts | mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com
Posted May 4, 2018 at 11:03 AM  

The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) due to its association with Route 66 and design.

AFTON – Horse Creek Bridge has been a part of old Route 66 and the welcome gateway to Afton for 82 years, but the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has plans to replace the historic bridge.

A group of Afton residents wants to save the bridge built in 1936 by Pharaoh & Co. as part of the Public Works program during the Great Depression. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) due to its association with Route 66 and design.

“It’s unique because it has two pedestrian walkways protected by concrete guardrails,” Kenda Bynum said. “ODOT wants to replace it and of course the town doesn’t want to replace it. We want to keep it as is because of the historical significance. I think as word gets out we’ll get even more support.” FULL ARTICLE

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