ODOT: 348 bridges classified as structurally deficient and fracture critical

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 9/16/2013 7:38 pm Published: 9/16/2013 7:28 pm

More than 300 bridges are both structurally deficient and fracture critical, according to a spokesperson with Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

People are still driving across 348 bridges around the state that a spokesperson with ODOT told FOX23 have both structurally deficient and facture critical issues. 

Tom Rains with Tulsa County said the unincorporated part of Tulsa County has 28 structurally deficient bridges.

FOX23 saw one of the structurally deficient bridges last week. We saw people drive across the Highway 151 bridge over the Keystone Dam. The bridge has concrete pieces broken off under it.

Unlike the other 348 bridges, the Highway 151 bridge at Keystone Lake is not fracture critical, according to Larry Clore, an ODOT spokesperson.

Drivers are not taking the news lightly.

Driver Cory McFerron said, “One of our main priorities should be taking care of the bridges.”

Another driver, Linda Overall, said, “I think that's pretty sad. I think they should have made arrangements to have those (bridges) fixed sooner.”

Clore explained to FOX23’s Price McKeon that fracture critical is a type of bridge design and structurally deficient is a condition of a bridge.

Drivers said the bridges need to be addressed.

Overall said, “I think there should have been some kind of a budget deal so that we could have repaired these sooner.”

We've learned from ODOT that Tulsa County has 30 bridges that are classified as fracture critical. They said 21 of those 30 are also structurally deficient.

Overall said, “Maybe if we did them when they first started getting in disrepair, there weren't have been so many at one time.”

An ODOT spokesperson said all of the state's highway bridges currently rated as "structurally deficient” are in the current Eight-year Construction Work Plan.

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