Notice of Scheduled Demolition & River Closure: Highway 62 Bridge NM 392.5

Notice Number: 202090-2/TD 2023-3.2
Date: 03/14/2023 08:00 thru 03/14/2023 19:00

Pool No. 16 NM 392.5 will be closed to Navigation traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. March 14th, 2023, to allow for demolition and removal of bridge girders from eastbound Highway 62 Bridge.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation Contractor will be detonating and dropping the span into the river. The contractor will have 10 consecutive hours from detonation at 9:00 a.m. to completely sweep and clear the navigation channel. Not less than one hour prior to and during the detonation of explosives, the Contractor will have flagmen to warn river traffic before blasting. Flagmen shall be stationed in radio equipped boats approximately one-half mile upstream and downstream of the bridge to warn approaching river traffic of the impending action and obstructions in the river.

The closure listed above is scheduled to reopen to Navigation traffic as stated, but unforeseen problems could require additional time to complete operations. Waterway users are asked to check with Lock No. 16 for the latest information and should schedule their activities accordingly. Questions or request for additional information concerning this notice should be directed to Mr. Robert Steiner; Navigation Operations Manager: 918-687-4501 or Mr. Rodney Beard; Navigation Project Manager: 918-775-4475 ext 5890.


Rex Ostrander
Chief, Operations Division