ODOT partners with USGS to inspect damaged highway bridges after earthquakes

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said it has a new procedure for inspecting highway bridges after earthquakes.

It's a move that delights drivers.

“You never know what kind of damage is done to it. You don’t ever know. Yeah, it’s pretty scary, especially if it just happened," said Alonzo Buckner.

“In the last five to six years, Oklahoma’s had to develop a system on inspecting earthquakes very quickly," said Terri Angier with ODOT.

ODOT said it partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey for the project.

ODOT said 'Shakequest' software will be used to map the bridges most likely to be damaged in an earthquake.

“It spits out a report on bridges that might be at risk that we should get to quickly to inspect, and not wasting our time, you know, shooting in the dark," Angier said.

After an earthquake, data such as the age and condition of the bridge as well as the earthquake's magnitude will be used to identify the bridges that were most likely to receive damage.

Drivers said earthquakes make them nervous to drive on state highways.

This way, ODOT can respond directly to those bridges in a more efficient manner without having to inspect every bridge.

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