Statesman.com By Kevin Farr, For the Bryan County News
September 23, 2020
Over the last several weeks, many residents who traverse the north side on a regular basis may have wondered when the Red Bud Lane bridge across U.S. Highway 69/75 would be reopened after an accident that occurred over a month ago.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said last week that will be a few more months.
A semi-trailer truck with an oversize load collided with the bridge structure, forcing local and state officials to close the bridge to traffic that used the roadway on a frequent basis to connect from North Washington Avenue to First Street.
Inspectors with the ODOT Bridge Division recently inspected the bridge and determined that there is damage to structural steel in one area on the south side of the bridge with a damaged beam in need of repair.
In agreement with the city of Durant, the state elected to shut down the bridge completely until those repairs can be made rather than set up signal lights for just one thru lane of traffic in the meantime.:
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