Highway 169 bridge removal project is complete

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/16 10:32 pm Published: 2/16 9:59 pm

TULSA, Okla. - Road crews finished a bridge removal project Sunday morning, ahead of schedule.

Part of 46th Street North and Highway 169 were shut down this past weekend while crews tore down a bridge.

Our FOX23 crew was there as the highway reopened and found out what you can expect driving in that area now

Traffic is flowing again on 169 and 46th Street North. 

Crews completed their weekend project of taking down the first bridge almost 24 hours early and for drivers, and it's a welcome relief.

"To have something get done quicker than planned is extraordinary. I think they did a great job," said Patrick Murphy, who drives on Highway 169 daily. 

A Sunday surprise for drivers like Owasso resident David Honeycutt, who says he and his wife use 169 two or three times a day, he's relieved the highway shutdown is over.

"It means I won't have to go over to 75," said Honeycutt. 

They've worked all weekend to take down the eastbound bridge as part of a $9 million interchange improvement project at 169 and 46th Street North.

"I think that's outstanding especially with all the constraints they are under with traffic and everything going on,” Murphy said. 

Even with one bridge down, the left lane of 169 in both directions will be closed at the 46th Street North junction until mid-March this year.

We found out that's because crews are working to build the middle pier of the new bridge.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation told FOX23 that drives should expect delays, "She is already trying to figure her out another route…but I’m sure everybody else is too. So, it's going to be chaos no matter what," said Honeycutt. 

East and westbound traffic on 46th Street North will use the remaining westbound bridge, one lane in each direction.

Crews will tear down the westbound bridge over Highway 169 later this year they will replace both bridges with a single structure. 

They expect work to be completed here early next year.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/17/2014 6:56 PM
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I tracking causing bridge damage??? http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/14/is-fracking-causing-earthquakes/

Mayor Maynot - 2/17/2014 2:48 AM
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What ???? No ribbon cutting ceremony!!!!
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