Clear Creek Bridge repairs under way

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Rehabilitation of the bridge over Clear Creek on U.S. Highway 60 recently got under way along the City of Pawhuska’s West Main Street thoroughfare.

The work on Clear Creek Bridge is scheduled to continue for approximately seven months, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Officially, there are 210 calendar days allotted for its completion. Estimated cost for the project is $2.79 million, officials said.

ODOT awarded the Clear Creek contract to Iowa-based A.M. Cohron & Son in August, following a July bid-letting.

Chris Rech, the area manager for Cohron, said the project will involve removal and replacement of the bridge deck and beams. He said there also are to be some repairs to the substructure as well as pavement restoration.

While the bridge work is in progress, traffic will generally be restricted to a single lane in each direction along a stretch of U.S. 60 between Pecan and Farrell avenues, ODOT officials added.

The Clear Creek project is similar to one completed last year on the Bird Creek Bridge, approximately .2 mile east of the current work site. ODOT’s contract for the Bird Creek work went to Sherwood Construction, the company that also is responsible for the $40 million improvement/realignment of U.S. 60 east of Pawhuska.

With a span stretching 262 feet, the bridge over the Clear Creek tributary is only about half as long as the one located on nearby Bird Creek. Having originally been constructed in 1958, both of the structures are 58 years old, according to records provided by ODOT.