A crane being used to tear down the viaduct left a heavy mark on the 5th Street bridge on Tuesday afternoon. Now, engineers will determine if the bridge can be repaired or if it will need to be totally replaced.
The construction company, Manhattan Road and Bridge Co. based out of Tulsa, attempted to move the crane across the 5th Street bridge, but came to a halt on the north side as it sunk into the bridge. Once the crane was removed it left an obvious indention of approximately 40 feet long.
“During the relocation of a crawler crane over the North 5th Street bridge a crane track penetrated the surface of the bridge,” Manhattan Road & Bridge Company Executive Vice President Todd Saxton told Guthrie News Page in an email.
“Manhattan team members are in consultation with city engineer to correct the damage.”
A support beam was reported to have totally failed and a second beam has separation of approximately two inches.
The bridge was built in the mid 1960’s and has a weight limit ton of 23 tons.
The weight of the crane was not immediately known, but it appears to may have been more than triple the weight limit of the bridge.