More traffic tie ups for Norman drivers

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NORMAN, Okla. - Road work in Norman is well underway on the Main Street bridge project.

However, this week Norman drivers have noticed another road project causing trouble.

This new project is on the Lindsey Street bridge over I-35.

It's a roadway that is currently one of the detour routes for Main St. traffic.

Shawn O'Leary, City of Norman Director of Public Works, said, "Norman is sort of in orange barrel season right now on I-35."

From Main St. to Lindsey St., crews are working hard to get traffic flowing and also to keep drivers safe.

Just this week a crew was called in to make emergency repairs to the Lindsey Street bridge over I-35.

O'Leary said, "Over the last few weeks we sensed more problems than before possibly due to the detour route."

Now that the bridge is a Main Street detour, it is getting a lot of extra traffic.

Last week city and ODOT engineers checked the bridge and determined it is structurally safe; however, the deck of the bridge, or the part you part your actually drive on, was in desperate need of repair.

O'Leary said, "We have some concerns there are sections of the bridge that are loose and if left unaddressed, they could break up and literally fall on to the interstate."

While drivers want to be safe, they admit the tie ups are frustrating.

The bridge is scheduled to undergo a complete renovation but that will not happen until the Main St. project and one other bridge project are completed.

Starting next week the city will be putting a layer of asphalt over the bridge hoping to seal the repairs until the bridge's scheduled renovation.

As for the Main St. project, city officials said it is at least a month ahead of schedule.

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