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City officials: Repairs to May Ave. bridge to begin soon

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials say a bridge that partially collapsed last month after it was hit by semi-truck is expected to re-open to normal traffic soon.

Last month, the May Avenue bridge that crosses over Northwest Expressway collapsed when a semi hauling a boom lift hit the bridge.

The driver of the truck told police thought he could make it under the bridge since he passed under the other side earlier in the day with no issue.

One side of the bridge has a maximum height of 14 feet and eight inches, but the side that collapsed only has a maximum height of 14 feet and four inches.

May Ave. bridge collapse

May Ave. bridge collapse

Officials say the collapse of the bridge was not a design or maintenance-related issue.

Crews have since re-opened up one lane of May Ave. in each direction over Northwest Expressway, relieving some of the headaches drivers have been enduring since the collapse.

After the partial collapse, city officials said the bridge could take two to three months to repair.

This week, officials said the bridge is expected to re-open to normal traffic by mid-July.

Repairs could begin as early as June 20th.

The city council approved using over $58,000 from a bond fund to pay for bridge debris removal.

However, repairing the bridge is likely going to cost over $500,000.

Officials say the city will try to recoup some of those repair costs from Sunbelt Equipment, who owned the truck that hit the bridge.

Northwest Expressway/May Bridge

Northwest Expressway/May Bridge