ODOT finalizing plans for new Guthrie bridge

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GUTHRIE, Okla. - For 26 years, Guthrie Bicycle has been at the corner of N. 2nd St. and E. Noble Ave.

The owner, Kent Denim, is now preparing to move but not by choice.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is finalizing a plan to build a new bridge over Cottonwood Creek to replace the existing one.

Denim’s bike shop is directly across the street from the bridge.

"I believe the writing is on the wall and the right-of-way will take over my corner," Denim said.

The new bridge will be four lanes and extend farther in each direction.

Spokesperson Cole Hackett said ODOT is still in the planning stages and it is unclear what businesses will be affected.

"When we come back out this spring or summer and have another public meeting, we'll know then what lane we will need, what right-of-way we will need to purchase, what businesses or homes might be affected," Hackett said

The purpose of the project is to help reduce flooding in the area and replace the aging bridge.

Denim said he is waiting on ODOT’s decision and is now exploring new options for his bike shop.

"As a business owner, I welcome the growth to the community," Denim said.

Denim added that he believes the new bridge is a good thing for the community.

The cost of the new bridge is $16.4 million.

ODOT estimates that roughly 12,000 vehicles use the existing bridge daily.

Construction isn’t expected to get underway until 2014.