Claremore Daily Progress

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August 7, 2013

Catoosa taking ownership of Rice St. Bridge

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Kupec said the bridge can be broken down into manageable pieces; however, the process will be labor intensive because of the size and weight.
Currently, the bridge is in poor shape and closed to the public.
“It’s rusty and old. Anything could happen from the time ODOT takes it out, to unloading,” said Thacker. 
“We’re not guaranteeing that the bridge will be in manageable pieces, but we’re going to do our very level best to make that happen.”
A hired contractor will disassemble the bridge before handing it over to Rogers County District 3. 
Contract bids for the project should be finalized by the end of September.
Thacker said the construction of the new Rice Street Bridge will be paid for by a combination of federal and state funds with a combination of circuit engineering district. 
Funds will be used to front the expense of the construction, but must be repaid to the state’s Emergency and Transportation Revolving Fund.
Total amounts for removal and construction of the bridge are undetermined at this time.
Enable to relocate the bridge, Rogers County District 3 officials will also need to relocate an eight-inch waterline, owned by Catoosa which is currently laying in the way of construction. 
Along with other county engineers, Kellogg has provided a corridor for the city, allowing no additional easements to be required.
“I don’t really see a way around leaving that waterline there. There’s some exposure on the city’s behalf and ODOT’s behalf, and what will happen if it is accidentally hit during construction,” said Kellogg.
Kupec said plans include to provide a corridor for the waterline in the city’s new define right-of-way. 
The water way will continue to connect service from the eastside of Catoosa to the westside.
“If the line does not get moved than that bridge is staying as it is because of liability issues with damage to the current waterline during construction of the new bridge,” said Thacker. 
He said relocation of the waterline should cost upwards of $50,000.
City of Catoosa and Rogers County officials plan to meet within the week to discuss construction plans for both projects.

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