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DOT seeks to construct pier protection on Arkansas River bridges

DOT seeks to construct pier protection on Arkansas River bridges

The Muskogee Phoenix
August 3, 2009
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation plans to construct 15 concrete pier protection cells on three highway bridges across the Arkansas River.

David Orzechowski, bridge management specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard, said the Coast Guard’s Eighth District has received applications to amend original bridge permits to authorize the cells.

Under the applications, six 12-foot concrete cells will be built on the right upstream side of the U.S. 62 bridge just east of Muskogee. Also, nine 12-foot concrete cells will be built on the upstream side of the U.S. 64 bridge east of Webbers Falls; two cells will be on the right side of the river and seven on the left, he said. Five 12-foot concrete protection cells will be built on the right upstream side of the Interstate 40 bridge east of Webbers Falls.

Orzechowski said he did not know when the protection cells would be built.

“The cells are short piles filled with rock and concrete, they add more pier protection on the waterway,” he said.

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