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June 17, 2014

County takes steps to replace damaged bridge

ENID, Okla. — Engineers are recommending replacing a county bridge that was damaged when a truck driver with an oversized load attempted to cross it in May.

Garfield County District 2 Commissioner Reese Wedel said an estimate of approximately $179,000 was provided to the truck driver’s insurance company on Monday.

He said insurance company officials are supposed to be reviewing the provided information.

“We’ll be getting in contact with them here shortly to see what they’ve decided,” Wedel said.

Great Lakes Road, between 186th and 198th, has remained closed since the bridge was damaged on May 15.

“(The engineers’) recommendation was to leave it closed till it was replaced,” he said.

At the time of the incident, Wedel said a wrecker had to come from Tulsa to remove the truck from the bridge over Red Rock Creek.

According to Wedel, there was a three ton weight limit on the bridge.

“I think the report said they didn’t have the scales available, so they don’t know exactly what (the truck) was, but it was way over three ton,” he said.

Once the county receives a response from the insurance company, Wedel said the county will have to accept bids on the bridge replacement.

The bidding process varies in time but probably will be a three-week process, he said.

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