Collinsville, Oklahoma
December 20, 2015
Owasso Hyw 20 Bridges
One Of The Twin Bridges Over Bird Creek Taken Down Today
Built In 1962
Wider Highway 169 Eventually
Mid-December 2015 ODOT Notices
US-169 widening project at 56th St. North; lane closures Sunday

Drivers should be alert to traffic shifts on north and southbound US-169 between 56th St. North and 66th St. North as part of an ongoing widening project.
• The southbound US-169 off-ramp to 56th St. North is closed until further notice.
• All lanes of north and southbound US-169 will be closed between 56th St. North and 66th St. North from around 7:30 a.m. Sunday for a short duration to allow for removal of the southbound bridge structure over Bird Creek. Drivers should seek an alternate route or plan ahead for delays in this area.

US-75 pavement project at SH-20; ramp closed

Drivers can expect various lane closures on north and southbound US-75 from the SH-20 junction to near the Tulsa/Washington County line until further notice as part of a pavement rehabilitation project. Drivers should plan ahead for extra travel time in this corridor, especially during peak traffic times. The overall project is expected to complete in fall 2016.
• The northbound US-75 on-ramp from SH-20 is closedthrough April 2016. Drivers will need to locate an alternate route and plan ahead for extra travel time during this closure.

Tulsa World Coverage of Bridge Takedown -- Sun. Dec. 20, 2015
One of Owasso's Hwy 169 Bridges Is Down Now -- NewsOn6 Coverage Sunday Dec. 20, 2015 -- (Earlier Newson6 Coverage)
Owasso Bridge Explosion ~7:30am Sunday -- per Owasso Reporter 12/17/2015 -- and all traffic will be stopped
Owasso Bridge replacement -- 11/30/2015
U.S. 169 project to begin in late summer -- Apr 06, 2015 | 2:09 pm
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved a $45 million bid to Becco Contractors, Inc., to replace eight bridges on a mile and a half stretch of U.S. 169 between Owasso and Tulsa. -- Owasso Reporter
Owasso Bridges -- 10/15/2014
The most notable thing about these photos of the brand new bridges in 1962 is the lack of any development in the background facing north ... with Owasso proper still just a small community to the west at that time.
The lower 1962 photo (above) shows the intersection at 186th St. and Highway 169 (from the hilltop) when it went straight up the hill (on Garnett) before the later curve to the east of Garnett years later when the highway was eventually extended to Collinsville as a 4-lane.
This 1965 advertisement (2 years after the Owasso bridges were built) shows Highway 75 and 169 still on a shared path to Collinsville (on Garnett) and still mostly 2-lanes. (Partial enlargement below)
Same Vintage -- Further north, well in advance of the eventual Highway 169 path from Collinsville to Oologah ... the Caney River bridges were also built in 1962.

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