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Bridge work expected to last through mid October

Motorist can expect delays and lane closures on I-40 Del City for a few more weeks.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is repairing bridges over Crutcho Creek and SE 15th Street. Officials say repairs will preserve the bridges until they can be replaced in 2018.

Crews will make several “significant repairs” to the concrete deck and seal the bridges with a thin layer of asphalt. The overlay is designed to prevent water from seeping into the bridge and causing them to rust and expand.

“We hope by doing this (interim project) it will put the pavement in better condition until the bridges can be replaced in 2018,”said Lisa Shearer-Salim, ODOT Public Information Manager.

Crews started working on the eastbound bridge over Crutcho Creek. They are expected to complete the work this week and move to the eastbound bridge over SE 15th Street. The project will then shift to the westbound bridges.

Shearer-Salim said they are trying to limit the impact on traffic, but some multiple lane closures will be necessary.

ODOT has contracted with CPI in Oklahoma County for the repairs. The project is expected to cost up to $250,000. The project is being paid for with maintenance funds.

The I-40 bridges over Crutcho Creek, SE 15th Street and Sooner Road are scheduled to be replaced in 2018. The $42 million project will include replacing eastbound and westbound bridges as well as approaches.

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