Ottawa County Bridge Deemed Structurally Deficient Can't be Torn Down
AFTON, OKLAHOMA -
Horse creek bridge in Afton, Oklahoma is listed on the national register of historic places. You have to take the bridge to enter the city, so for life long resident Robin Phelps it lets her know she's home.
"The bridge does hold a special place in my heart. The people of afton built it, the kids fish off of it. It's apart of afton."
It's also an historic part of old route 66. The unique dual sidewalked bridge was constructed in 1936, and with the exception of sections of the railing, most of it's original. The current standard for a bridge is 40 feet wide while horse creek sits at 24 feet. Because it's historically protected, all options are being considered.
"We always have to look at alternatives to the replacement of the bridge which is a full rehab, we also look at a one way pair, leaving it in place as a monument or as a pedestrian facility where it won't carry vehicular traffic," says O-Dot official Scott Sundermeyer.
O-Dot set up three locations to hear public input on the different alternatives for the bridge.
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