Actually, as I reported on twitter, it officially opened last Tuesday, but I haven’t had a chance to go by and take some pictures. However, the bridge looks great and the road surface is smooth as silk. I have to admit I’m going to have a little nostalgia for the old days of hopping over giant holes in the pavement. Not very much, but a little. Below are a few more pictures of bridge:
While the Old Route 66 Bridge along Lake Overholser is undergoing much needed deck repair, cyclists have been forced to take an unappealing detour along busy 39th street to cross over the Lake Overholser spillway. To help make this passage safer, Oklahoma City has placed signs such as the one shown right on both sides of 39th street and have run street sweepers along the detour route. While I did still see quite a bit of debris still on the shoulder, the route is much much clearer than before and it very passable.
Photo by: Michael Kesler
The following email was sent along to the Oklahoma Bicycle Society mailing list:
In Mid October we will be starting a bridge rehabilitation project for the City of Oklahoma City, which involves the re-habilitation of the truss bridge on the north side of Lake Overholser.
We will be removing the concrete deck and replacing the floor beams and related structural steel items and placing a new concrete deck.
The road/bridge will be closed to all traffic once we start the concrete removals on the bridge deck.
Cimarron Construction Company
7409 NW 85th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
While this certainly will be an inconvenience for us who make the Overholser loop a regular ride, but it will be worth it to improve the bridge surface and help preserve this Route 66 landmark.