MIAMI - “Structurally deficient,” are the words used by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to describe the State Highway-10 bridges over Spring River.

The main bridge located east of Miami in Ottawa County is scheduled for replacement as well as the bridge over the Spring River Overflow, and the project is now expected to commence in early November, according to ODOT's Public Information Manager for Division 8, Kenna Mitchell.

The current SH-10 bridges were both built in 1952 and are greatly in need of replacement.

The $11.2 million ODOT project is expected to take 290 days to complete, roughly 10 months of construction time, weather permitting.

ODOT will give out public notice as soon as dates are confirmed on the actual closure of the bridges, but closure expected no earlier than mid-November, possibly Nov. 16, according to Mitchell.

“We only detour highway traffic to other highways, so drivers would be able to take US-60 and State Highway-137 or State Highway-125 around the closure,” Mitchell said.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.