ODOT Division 8 Public Information Manager Kenna Mitchell said the project won't start on Sept. 4 as previously announced.

MIAMI – The start date has been pushed back for the much needed and long awaited re-decking and improvement project of the State Highway 125 Neosho River Bridge/TSGT Jason Norton Memorial Bridge in Miami.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Division 8 Public Information Manager Kenna Mitchell said the project won't start on Sept. 4 as previously announced.

“The best I’ve got at this time is the contractor is currently aiming for late September to start and mid-to-late October for the closure of the bridge. We don’t yet have a finalized schedule, “ Mitchell said.

The Neosho River Bridge project is expected to be a six-month-long undertaking and a $3.1 million bridge rehabilitation project. 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.

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

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