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Several vehicles damaged from 8-foot hole on I-44 bridge

Several vehicles damaged from 8-foot hole on I-44 bridge

Tulsa World

By MATT BARNARD and GAVIN OFF World Staff Writers

Published: 2/19/2010 9:00 AM
Last Modified: 2/19/2010 12:01 PM

A section of an interstate bridge collapsed Friday morning east of Tulsa, sending chunks of concrete to a slope below and damaging several vehicles.

The damage slowed traffic to a crawl on I-44 at 163rd East Avenue as authorities closed a westbound lane about 6:45 a.m.

About ten vehicles were damaged, but no injuries were reported. Most of the cars had flat tires or bent wheel rims, said Neill Pulliam, an operations manager for Tetra Tech, an ODOT contractor.

Pulliam said Friday’s fallen concrete was the latest of multiple partial collapses at the bridge.

In February 2007, several large pieces of concrete dropped onto the street, forcing temporary repairs. A retaining wall made from chain-link webbing was installed to keep material in place... FULL ARTICLE


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