Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to begin inspecting bridges

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Over the next few weeks, drivers may notice crews and engineers inspecting bridges along the Cimarron Turnpike.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority announced that routine bridge inspections were already on the books ahead of Saturday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

“We perform these periodic routine bridge inspections on all of our bridges in accordance with the requirements of the NBIS and the beginning of the work on the Cimarron just happened to be scheduled for September,” Tim Gatz, Executive Director of the OTA said. “Despite the strongest earthquake in Oklahoma history, all of our bridges passed inspection on Saturday and are safe for travel.”

ODOT told NewsChannel 4 on Monday that it already inspected 180 state bridges after the earthquake, all of them open to traffic and safe for travel.