The Miami News-Record
By Carolyn Ashford Boothe
October 19, 2020
BERNICE — The bridge on SH 85A in Bernice was first designated by the Oklahoma Highway Commission as “structurally deficient” in 2003. Since that time, the bridge has had several repairs. The state held a public hearing in January 2016 to discuss the needed repairs and the replacement cost was estimated at $7.7 million. When the actual replacement work began on Monday, Oct. 19, the cost has nearly doubled to $15 million. The replacement work will be done by C-Gawf Construction of Henryetta. On Monday, equipment began arriving and the bridge is expected to have one-way with traffic regulated by a traffic signal about two months into the project.
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