Acrow Bridge Installed To Carry Detoured Traffic During U.S. Highway Upgrades in Rural Oklahoma


Acrow, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, recently announced that one of its modular steel bridges has been installed to maintain traffic during construction on U.S. Route 75 in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma. Situated between the towns of Pharoah and Waleetka, the project consists of replacing a structurally deficient bridge and widening and resurfacing the roadway to accommodate an increasing volume of traffic in the rural area.

Acrow’s bridge was rented to project contractor Wyatt Contracting Inc./Central Bridge Company, a joint venture between the two Oklahoma firms. Although initial plans specified a temporary bridge of different design, prior successful projects with Acrow led the project team to submit a value engineering proposal to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation demonstrating the Acrow panel bridge would be more economical, could be constructed more quickly, and would allow for more water flow during a potential flood event.

Construction of the detour bridge was finalized and opened to traffic in October 2023. The 2-lane bridge is 24.4 m long and has a curb-to-curb width of 9.1 m. Designed to AASHTO HS20-44, it has a 50 mm thick asphalt overlay and was installed with a crane-assisted launch. Owing to concerns about stormwater accumulating on the bridge, a 2% cross-slope was required, which Acrow addressed by providing a super-elevated transom. Acrow’s bridge will be in service until the new permanent structure is completed.

“Acrow’s modular steel detour bridges are a great choice for state DOTs and contractors who need projects to stay on or ahead of schedule,” said Dan Schrager, business development manager, Southwest Region. “In addition to making work zones safer, Acrow’s economical and reliable modular detour bridging helps minimize work zone impacts on motorists and local businesses.”

“With infrastructure upgrade projects on the rise, Acrow’s versatile detour structures are an ideal way to provide durable, cost-effective access during bridge rehabilitation projects,” said Eugene Sobecki, Acrow’s director National Sales & Military dusiness development. “In addition to making work sites safer, our customizable modular detour bridging can help minimize work zone impacts to travelers and local commerce, and ensure projects stay on or ahead of schedule.”

“These vital transportation improvement projects improve both safety and efficiency for motorists, and are also critical to a region’s economic health,” added Russ Parisi, vice president North America. “Acrow’s rapidly assembled detour bridges are available for rent or purchase and enable Accelerated Bridge Construction for priority projects.”

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