Oklahoma DOT increased safety through an upgraded bridge project while simultaneously preserving the history of the previous structure.
The Oklahoma DOT’s $2.4 million project on a segment of Historic Route 66 in Wellston – just 30 minutes northeast of Oklahoma City – replaced a Great Depression-era truss bridge over Captain Creek that had significant structural deficiencies and had been “load-posted” for years. The 90-year-old pony truss bridge over Captain Creek was an outdated design with significant structural deficiencies that needed replacing to support modern traffic, but in such a way to preserve the bridge’s iconic “Route 66” look. Through collaboration with Route 66 organizations and other stakeholders, Oklahoma DOT came up with a unique solution to accomplish these dual objectives. Work crews carefully removed, refurbished, and incorporated original truss panels and bridge railings into the new structure as decorative elements – providing a unique look and feel that honored its Route 66 heritage while delivering a modern and reliable bridge.