The Neosho River Bridge project is a six-month project, and a $3.1 million bridge rehabilitation. The bridge was built in 1967 and is considered structurally deficient.

MIAMI — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has placed electronic reader boards on either end of the State Highway 125 Neosho River Bridge/TSGT Jason Norton Memorial Bridge in Miami announcing the specific date of Sept. 4, as when the bridge re-decking project will begin.

ODOT now expects the project to cause closure and detours from 150 to 180 days once work commences.

“It's important to note – the project starts the 4th, but we don’t yet have a date for when SH-125 will close,” ODOT Division 8 Public Information Manager Kenna Mitchell said. “The contractor will first be establishing traffic controls, moving equipment to the site, etc. I’ll have the advisory out the last week of August and we should have the closure date by then.”

The Neosho River Bridge project is a six-month project, and a $3.1 million bridge rehabilitation. The bridge was built in 1967 and is considered structurally deficient.

“There will be a new deck placed and also some substructure work. The bridge will be closed for the majority of the project, and the planned detour will be to use SH-125, US-60 and US-69 around the closure,” Mitchell said.

ODOT only detours highway traffic to other highways, according to Mitchell.

Crossland of Columbus, Kan., was awarded the bridge project contract by ODOT, and Tetra Tech will serve as the engineering firm overseeing the project.

City plans

The City of Miami's effort to raise the State Highway 125 approaches to the bridge are being accelerated in order for the project’s construction to coincide with the bridge project to avoid prolonged road closure.

The City of Miami has reviewed detour routes for travel and has plans for emergency services while the bridge is closed.

“I believe our response times using the detour are still within acceptable limits for response times,” Miami City Manager Dean Kruithof said.

Miami’s Fire Chief Robert Wright has reviewed the detour routes for fire and emergency service response routes.

Wright said, “My plan for responding to emergencies in the southwest is to respond from the south station. It takes approximately 3:30 minutes response time using the bridge from the south station to 20th SW. It takes approximately 6:30 minutes to arrive at 20th SW by way of 69 Highway. This is obeying traffic laws. When 125 is closed we will respond by way of Hwy. 69, when both highways are closed we will station a truck in the southwest."

Spring River Bridge

Mitchell gave a brief update on the Spring River Bridge project on Oklahoma State Highway 10.

“On the Spring River bridge project they are currently getting deck forms in place and will be pouring deck spans later this month. They are also widening the grade throughout the roadway portion,” 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.