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Replacement planned for Willis Bridge, which spans a mile over Lake Texoma

Replacement planned for Willis Bridge, which spans a mile over Lake Texoma

Herald Democrat
By Michael Hutchins, Herald Democrat
Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Oklahoma’s longest state-owned bridges may soon see a new life thanks to a proposed complete replacement of the roadway. The Tulsa district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released public notice Wednesday that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is seeking permits to replace the Willis Bridge across Lake Texoma.

The bridge, located on U.S. Highway 377 and Oklahoma State Highway 99, crosses the lake and connects Grayson County near Gordonville to Marshall County, Oklahoma. Officials with ODOT said the cost of the estimated $50 million project will be split with the Texas Department of Transportation.

“We are still working on right of way and utilities on it and we don’t expect to let it (to bid) until July,” ODOT spokeswoman Annahlyse Meyer said...FULL ARTICLE

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1. Miranda Gutierrez wrote:
The first bridge at this approximate site, a then-shallow spot where the waters of the Harlem River and Spuyten Duyvil Creek joined, was built in 1693 and was known as the "Kings Bridge," as everyone except soldiers and other representatives of the king had to pay tolls to use it. The construction of the alternative "Free Bridge" by merchants and farmers in 1758 was considered a significant revolutionary act. Both the Kings and Free Bridges had draws to admit small craft. The Free Bridge was built of dry rubble and wooden beams, and was destroyed by the British when they routed Washington's troops from New York in 1776; it was rebuilt shortly after the war. In the late h century, the dredging and widening of the river and development on both sides created the need for a new bridge. Alfred P. Boller designed a single-deck steel swing bridge, which opened in 1895. Within years the original span had to be replaced by a double-deck swing span to accommodate the extension of the subway, and the old one was floated downstream to become the University Heights Bridge. The double-deck swing span in turn was replaced by a double-deck lift span in 1960.

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