The Woodward News

July 9, 2013

Detour set for bridge work on Highway 50

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Travel along State Highway 50 between Mooreland and US. Highway 270 will be curtailed for the next few months as work is being done on 2 bridges along the stretch of road.

Scott Armstrong with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said work began Monday on the Sand Creek bridge, located about a mile north on Highway 50 from the US 270 turnoff. That bridge will be closed until work is completed so travelers will need to detour.

The detour route, Armstrong said, goes to Woodward then east on US 412 to Mooreland. From Mooreland, go west to Woodward, then south on US 270. Motorists can also, if they choose, go east out of Mooreland to Bouse Junction then take Highway 281/60 south.

Armstrong said most of the bridge work involves redoing approaches and some substructure repairs.

After Sand Creek is finished, the work will move to the Indian Creek bridge a few miles farther north on Highway 50. Again that bridge will be closed so drivers will not be able to take the highway the entire way.

The Indian Creek bridge involves substructure repairs, a new deck and new approaches and guard rails.

Armstrong said one of the bridges will remain open at all times during the construction.

Wildcat Construction has the contract for $1,069,500.65 and both jobs are scheduled to be completed in 120 days, Armsgrong said.

The department was putting up detour signs on Monday.

Local traffic will be allowed for the people who live and own property in the area, Armstrong said.