Long-awaited bridge construction at Cedar Creek tentatively is scheduled to begin Oct. 7, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

 Both bridges — the bridge over the creek and the bridge over the walking trail — were built in 1962 and are considered structurally deficient.

 At press time on Tuesday, ODOT was still working out a timeline with the contractor, but previous estimates put the construction just short of a year, weather permitting.

 ODOT spokesperson Kenna Mitchell told the American an impact to traffic likely won’t happen the first week, but will begin the next week.

 “On the bridge over Cedar Creek, they will keep one lane open in each direction during work,” Mitchell said. “For the bridge over the trail, they will build a temporary route around the bridge which will close the trail under.”

 Since the new bridge will be significantly wider, it appears traffic will be shifted as new sections of the bridge are built.

 We’ll make sure to post updates on our FB page in between press days and have a clearer update next week.

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