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Engineers review Oklahoma bridge plans after additional safety standards released

Engineers review Oklahoma bridge plans after additional safety standards released

Review prompts repairs, weight limit changes on bridges on Oklahoma highways.

NewsOK
BY JULIE BISBEE
Published: June 29, 2010

Oklahoma engineers are reviewing the design of 95 bridges on state highways to ensure they conform with new safety standards put in place after the deadly 2007 Minnesota bridge collapse.

The review began with 30 bridges, prompting the temporary closure of two bridges and a decrease in the weight limit on 25 other bridges, said Gary Evans, chief engineer at the state Department of Transportation.

Six bridges have weight limits of less than 15 tons — the weight of a fully loaded school bus, Evans said.

"We're not saying they are unsafe,” Evans said. "If we had a bridge that was unsafe we would close it until we could ensure it was safe for travel.” FULL ARTICLE

 

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