The state plans to upgrade or replace two Pontotoc County bridges by the end of the decade, including the bridge over Big Sandy Creek on state Highway 19.
The two projects are included in the state’s eight-year construction work plan, which won approval Monday from the Oklahoma Transportation Commission. The plan calls for the state to repair or replace 634 deteriorating bridges across the state, including the Big Sandy bridge.
“We’re just glad that we can start getting these bridges taken care of and get them to a manageable state,” said Larry Clore, public information director for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
ODOT officials plan to begin acquiring the right of way and utility easements for the Big Sandy project in fiscal year 2013, then begin construction the following year, according to a copy of the plan. Construction is expected to cost $4.63 million.
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