60th Avenue NE Bridge to close as safety precaution

Bridge located between Rock Creek Road and Tecumseh

The 60th Avenue NE Bridge over Rock Creek – located between Rock Creek Road and Tecumseh Road – will be closed at 5 p.m. December 1, 2022, due to the discovery of a serious structural concern following multiple inspections. Detour routes will be set up along 48th Avenue NE for the traveling public.

An engineering firm has been awarded a contract to design a bridge replacement. Full plans are not expected to be complete until late 2023 but staff is currently working to evaluate additional options that may expedite the process of replacement. Community members will be kept apprised of progress.

The 60th Avenue NE Bridge was constructed in 1940, with a current maximum load of 4 tons; school buses and fire trucks have been prohibited from passing the bridge for many years. The bridge carries approximately 1,500 vehicles a day. At this time, the tentative cost for replacement of this bridge is $3 to $4 million.

The safety and wellness of all Normanites remains the topmost priority for City of Norman staff and officials. To access a staff report by memorandum with details on the bridge concern, click here. To access an Oklahoma Department of Transportation Bridge Inspection report, click here.