The Norman Transcript

Headlines

February 19, 2014

ODOT reps update Lexington, Purcell

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation representatives gave bridge updates Tuesday night to Lexington and Purcell residents during separate meetings.

ODOT head engineer Casey Shell said some additional potential cracks were located that could effect the 45-day opening of the bridge for traffic. However, Shell said it will not effect the overall time for the completion of the bridge, which is 120 days.

Even with the other potential cracks, Shell said it may not have an effect on the 45 days because the contractor is working aggressively toward the incentives. After the 45 days, or beginning repairs, the bridge will open with a 5-ton weight limit.

“They spent the weekend out here Saturday and Sunday verifying all the dimensions,” Shell said. “They measured and recorded all 264 locations on the bridge that they’re building these apparatuses for.”

Two hundred and fifty-four locations that were welded on the bridge caused some stresses on the structure, but there are only currently 11 confirmed cracks, Shell said. He predicted the first pieces will be in this weekend for the contractors to test to make sure everything fits with the design on the plans and make sure their methods work.

While the meeting provided more information for residents, some still have concerns.

Lexington resident Keith Shackleford said the meeting eased his mind a little bit, but he’s concerned that the contractor might not have the best quality work if they’re trying to get it done quickly to avoid extra fees due to time constraints.

As far as medical calls go, Wadley’s EMS in Lexington is looking at about a two-hour transport with the bridge out. Max Punneo with Wadley’s EMS in Lexington said they are working on getting another ambulance to Lexington, but the problem is funding.

“We’re working on it, though. They’re crunching the numbers,” Punneo said. “We can call Noble to come down and help if we get in a bind.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Baker home 3 Moore resident lands in new home 14 months after tornado

    She crawled from the rubble of what used to be her home. The neighborhood was destroyed. It was the afternoon of May 20, 2013, and Jamie Baker was homeless....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Additional details come to light in Campus Corner incident involving Sooner recruit

    The 911 call from Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning brought forth more details from the incident that has Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon under investigation for an alleged assault....

    July 30, 2014

  • Police rule out homicide in Norman woman’s death

    Norman Police Capt. Todd Gibson said Tuesday they have eliminated the theory of homicide after a Norman woman was found dead in her home Monday afternoon. “We’re moving in a different direction with the investigation,” Gibson said. “It’s ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Voter registration deadline is Friday

    Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election. Races include federal, state and county offices, but for Cleveland County voters, the field is limited....

    July 30, 2014

  • Norman High student argues his way to the top

    Knowing the ins and outs of an argument that involves complex research is the type of skill one expects a high paid attorney to have not a high school student. Yet debate competitor Nicky Halterman has been arguing his way to the top of ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate approves new VA secretary

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for health care and VA ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Tampering accusations surface in OKC bombing case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawyer suing the FBI over his public records request for surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Tuesday that one of his witnesses backed out after being visited by government officials last ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Shelter construction ongoing; residents voice concerns

    A regular quarterly meeting of the Animal Shelter Oversight Board prompted Norman residents to speak up about more than just a photo release issue Monday night involving Friends of the Animals of Norman volunteers and the city of Norman. ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it to House

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 8:20 a.m. larceny report, 2000 block of West Lindsey Street · 9:04 a.m. stolen vehicle, 3400 block of Bart Conner Drive · 9:11 a.m. larceny report, 1200 block of Ed ...

    July 30, 2014