Heat buckles bridge, ODOT delayed
GUTHRIE, Okla. — Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews are repairing a bridge that buckled in the heat.
Wednesday about 7:30 p.m., Guthrie Police noticed a portion of the bridge failed near the expansion joint on the west side.
The Highway 33 bridge, also known as Noble Ave., is one of Guthrie’s main east-west thoroughfares.
Crews anticipated the repair would take about 36 hours.
However, because of the extreme heat, crews have been forced to delay the repair.
They cannot pour the concrete in the heat of the day because it won’t set up properly.
“If we pour concrete in this heat, it wouldn’t set properly,” ODOT Field Engineer Paul Green said. “It would probably crumble and we would be replacing it again in a week. So, we’re going to wait until the middle of the night when we have the coolest temperatures.”
Workers will pour the concrete starting midnight until about 3 a.m. Friday.
The bridge and approach road are scheduled to be completely replaced in 2014 for approximately $13 million.