imitation doc martens ‘Off Broadway’ in full swing
The I 235 Off Broadway project in Oklahoma City needed another week to warm up for the big production of moving the new BNSF railroad bridge into place over the interstate. Engineers had called off last weekend’s planned installation of the 4 million pound steel bridge until wind forecasts are more favorable. The closure is now tentatively planned for Jan. 26, but this date is also wind dependent. 50th Street. Friday, Jan. 26, as all lanes of the highway are scheduled to be closed for an extended weekend from south of I 44 to N. 36th Street. to allow for engineering to take place. Tuesday, Jan. 30, but potentially could open earlier.
Drivers will need to use I 35, I 40, I 44, SH 74/Lake Hefner Parkway and Lincoln Blvd. during this closure. However,
even this planned closure date will be weather dependent for safety reasons, and possibly could be delayed until more favorable conditions arrive.
Due to their size and weight, it will be a slow and steady operation to move the two bridge spans into place taking up to a full day per span. The bridge structures will be hoisted up on self propelled mobile transporters and inched along the highway into their new position over the interstate. This is the first time this bridge moving technique is being used in Oklahoma, allowing the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to schedule short closures of the highway during the more than two year interstate widening and reconstruction project.
“In recent years, Oklahoma is using additional innovative techniques to keep interstates and highways open to traffic with shorter closures whenever circumstances allow,” said ODOT spokeswoman Terri Angier. “So far, this is the largest project in ODOT history and this part its most defining milestone.”
Allen Contracting Inc. of Oklahoma City recently proposed combining the two weekends for the new railroad bridge installation into a three day closure.
“By allowing the contractor to consolidate this work into a three day weekend closure, the public will benefit by fewer full interstate closures through the remainder of the project,” said ODOT Division 4 Engineer Brian Taylor. “We now anticipate completing the work with up to four full closures instead of the six originally allowed for in the contract. If we can accomplish the work safely with fewer closures,