Crews repair large hole in bridge, to begin working on 6 troubled bridges

OKLAHOMA - All lanes of eastbound I-40 are open after crews repaired a large hole in a bridge near Sunnylane and S.E. 15th.

Traffic was at a standstill during rush hour while crews worked to fix the gaping hole.

It's not a new problem for the old bridge.

Transportation officials said it's one of several trouble spots in the area.

In the last month, crews have made repairs to the bridge three times.

"The bridges were built in the 1960s. They bare past due for replacement, and traffic has increased over the years. So, with the additional traffic, heavier traffic and weather, there are issues," said Cody Boyd, Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

It's a combination that has road crews constantly on standby.

Officials said six bridges will have to be replaced next year.

In the meantime, they are planning another temporary solution.

"This project will address significant portions of the bridge deck and put a thin layer of asphalt over the bridges to try to prolong their life and get us to 2018," Boyd said.

The interim fix is set to start later this week and will take a month to finish.

Drivers should expect both day and night lane closures.