Claremore Daily Progress

April 30, 2014

Happy Lake Bridge opens

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Just in time for spring fishing and summer picnics, Rogers County District 1 has finished the reconstruction of the Happy Lake bridge.

 The repairs, which included widening the bridge to 24-feet, have created a safer traffic flow, according to Rogers County Commissioner Dan DeLozier.

 The bridge on 4180 Road opened Friday, concluding the majority of the project work, and excluding road striping, DeLozier said.

The striping will be completed as soon as possible, he said.

The bridge was inspected by Guy Engineering prior to the opening, and will rate for approximately 20 tons, according to DeLozier.

The bridge previously was rated for 6 tons prompting the repairs.

“Buses should not be run across a 6- ton bridge,” DeLozier said. “The main purpose of this project was to improve public safety.”

The project cost was approximately $100,000 and grant funding of $50,000 reduced the expense to District 1, according to DeLozier. The project was done in cooperation with the Circuit Engineering District lowering the cost to Rogers County taxpayers, DeLozier said. Another added benefit was the project plan kept road closure time minimal lowering the impact on traffic flow down, DeLozier said.

“We tried to keep the road open as much as possible during the project,” DeLozier said. “I would like to thank the citizen for the patience while we worked to make this bridge and roadway safer.”

The project is one of several bridge improvement projects completed in the district in the past few years.