The Norman Transcript

Headlines

February 14, 2014

Emergency repair of Lexington-Purcell bridge on transportation commission agenda

NORMAN — A contract to repair the closed Lexington-Purcell highway bridge over the Canadian River is scheduled for a vote during the Oklahoma Transportation Commission emergency meeting today.

Officials said the repairs could cost as much as $5 million. The contractor chosen will be given an estimated 45 days to complete the work, but financial incentives to get it done quicker could shorten the project time.

ODOT officials said as many as six contractors attended an informational meeting on the project. A spokesman said she expected as many as four bids, but some could combine forces on the project.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission will consider the contract at 1:30 p.m. today in the R.A. Ward Transportation Building, 200 N.E. 21st St. in Oklahoma City.

ODOT officials closed the James C. Nance Bridge on US-77/SH-39 for safety reasons Jan. 31 due to cracks found in structural bridge beams. Incentives/disincentives are up to $2,500 per hour, one of the most aggressive in ODOT history, officials said.

The contractor with the winning bid can earn hourly incentives for completing the work sooner than 45 days, and ODOT anticipates contractors will bid fewer days to receive an incentive.

The contract will include disincentives to penalize the contractor for finishing late. After the bridge reopens, the contractor could finish up work under the bridge for another month.

Since the closure, ODOT engineers and national bridge consultants have worked to design a repair project that will reopen the bridge quickly, safely and prolong the life of the bridge for another 10 years until it can be replaced. Contracts for bridge inspections associated with this project by two highly specialized bridge firms also will be considered by the commission.

The required bidding process was boiled down from 160 days to only three or four days. Once the contract is awarded today, work is anticipated to begin immediately.

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Coaches Luncheon Mixon question off-limits at coaches luncheon

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived Wednesday at Journey Church....

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mixon will not participate in practice

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today. Freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there. The school announced the decision Wednesday night....

    July 31, 2014

  • Nova Pettigrew Music community bands together to raise money for 2-year-old’s battle with rare form of cancer

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deputies cleared, return to work

    Two deputies involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month are expected to return to work today after being cleared by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. “They (the Sheriff’s Office) gave me their investigation, I ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Meet the Sooners on Saturday

    Meet the Sooners Day will be Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The annual, free event kicks off preseason practice and gives University of Oklahoma fans an opportunity to interact with their favorite players and ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Okla. City museum shows pigeons in positive light

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It wasn’t long after Lorrie Monteiro started her new gig as curator of the American Pigeon Museum that she started to wonder, “What have I done?” Monteiro had experience working at museums but knew almost nothing about the ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Five more bike racks installed downtown

    Public art was installed Thursday along east Main Street in historic downtown Norman. Five colorful art pieces aren’t just for looks. The musical notes, dream catcher, fork and spoon, scissortail flycatcher and a bent arrow also are bike ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Wastewater upgrade under way

    Norman’s $63 million water reclamation facility upgrade is under way. Once known as a sewer plant, the facility’s moniker reflects the current trend in water reuse and treatment that’s crossing the United States....

    August 1, 2014

  • OKC man charged with rape

    After being brutally raped and kidnapped for four days, a woman escaped and called 911 last week, which led to charges against an Oklahoma City man. Zohaib Sahibzada Dastgir, 28, was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two ...

    August 1, 2014

  • One killed when shipping container falls onto vehicle

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police say one person was killed when a shipping container was knocked from an Oklahoma National Guard vehicle and landed on a pickup truck....

    August 1, 2014