Cottonwood Creek is no stranger to bridges to help alleviate traffic. It has also had its fair share of flooding, compromising the structure of four previous bridges that came with high maintenance costs and cut off access to much-needed emergency services. In 2018, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation saw the need to provide a bridge that could eliminate the impact of seasonal flooding and could be accessed safely. The $18 million newly widened four-lane bridge was designed in-house by ODOT’s team of engineers. At 1,600 feet, this new structure replaces a previous bridge built in 1936. It features 10-foot sidewalks, decorative street lights, and celebrates the history of Cottonwood Creek. This bridge now serves 12,500 vehicles per day – with that number expected to grow in the coming years. Now those traveling across State Highway 33 have safe, reliable, and more cost-efficient infrastructure to help them get where they need to be.