Route 66 Enthusiasts Track Status Of Historic Bridges In Catoosa

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The world is watching what the Oklahoma Department of Transportation does with two old, historic bridges.

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K2C Resident

Asheville, NC

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Jul 7, 2010
 

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I have driven over these bridges for years going into Claremore and driving back home but now I either travel to Owasso or take Highway 266 to and from Claremore. I know it's a part of history but what is more important "history" or avoiding someone getting hurt? Get rid of them..
Scared

Claremore, OK

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Jul 7, 2010
 
I too have driven over this bridge coming from Claremore. After having to drive over it, not once but twice, as they were trying to fix a hole in the bridge has scared me so much that I will not go that way. I will pay to go on the turnpike to not have to go on this bridge. I know that you want to perserve history but I don't think we should have someone falling into the river when the bridge actually does fall apart.
catfish

Sand Springs, OK

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Jul 7, 2010
 

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put up a dang concrete bridge and get over it.

i doubt that anyone on earth would remember going over this bridge.
Steve

Tulsa, OK

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Jul 7, 2010
 
catfish wrote:
put up a dang concrete bridge and get over it.
i doubt that anyone on earth would remember going over this bridge.
Anyone that goes from Claremore to Catoosa on that bridge will remember it....I can't believe they haven't replaced it already. Worthless, car bouncing, piece of junk. It's hard to keep you car in your own lane it's so bad.
DK Hewett

Broken Arrow, OK

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Jul 7, 2010
 
Why can't they use a little imagination for saving the the bridges?
Support the bridges from underneath. There's really no water beneath them that deserves protection nearly as much as the bridges themselves.
If the engineers are bright enough to build bridges over a gap that's really nothing, they should be able to build bridges under landmarks that are really something.
Steve

Tulsa, OK

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Jul 7, 2010
 
The funny/strange thing is that the one coming from Catoosa to Claremore is in great shape, very few potholes to speak of, and smooth to drive over. They either built the other one several years before or with lesser materials can be the only excuse for the difference. It's hard to believe there could be so much difference if they were built at the same time.
Ken

Springfield, MO

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Jul 8, 2010
 
Great old bridges but I would feel a whole lot better if they were gone. Safety trumps cool.
Why

Philadelphia, PA

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Jul 8, 2010
 
Can they not just rebuild the bridges to look the same way? They lasted for 70+ years.
OMG

Tulsa, OK

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Jul 8, 2010
 
I will miss the way the bridges look. I have always loved them. I will hate to see them go. But I do understand how dangerous those bridges have become. Wish they could just replace them, but still find a way to keep the "cover" over the bridges. That would be cool.
Cindy

United States

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Jul 8, 2010
 
Since when are we more concerned about looks rather than the safety of people? I drive this bridge everyday and it is unsafe even now! Recently, they closed one lane in order to keep the weight limit going over the bridge down, so travelers wouldn't fall through it. Where was that in this story? Seems to me this is the bigger story here. How ridiculous to not fix this bridge now!
bridgeinspectors assistant

Tulsa, OK

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Jul 8, 2010
 
Actually, there are numerous ways to correct a bridge past its prime. It is usually more cost effective and safer to build a new modern concrete bridge, but it is sometimes possible to "retrofit" additions to a crumbling bridge. It really just depends how bad they are (sometimes they are so bad at their foundations that you can't add anything to correct them). A big issue much of the time is funding that will determine the outcome of the bridge.

-A bridge inspector's assistant
Shammy

Tulsa, OK

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Jul 8, 2010
 
Think that west bound bridge is unsafe -- try riding over it on a motorcycle. It is COMPLETELY unsafe. They now have it marked down to 1 lane due to the holes in the pavement at the sides of the bridge. How would my family describe it if the thing falls in while I'm on my way to see my grandchildren and I go into the river? I've told them before that if that happens, ODOT would become responsible and my wife and children could contact them for the loss of income!

Yes, just get over it and replace the bridge!
Scott

Claremore, OK

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Jul 8, 2010
 
I drive across these bridges all the time and don't really care about how they look. I'm paying for them. I want the best bridge for my money. If it means these bridges have to go then so be it. If someone really cares that much about how they look, then maybe they can pay for the extra funds to repair these old expensive bridges. I'm really tired of paying for the weekly repairs.

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