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June 25, 2014

Rose Road to be closed for bridge work

MARLOW — A section of Rose Road will be closed for nearly two months to allow Stephens County to replace a bridge.

Rose Road between Plainsman and Scott Road will close July 10. This block is south of Marlow. Darrell Sparks, District 1 commissioner, said the road is expected to be closed for about 60 days and may affect the travel of county residents.

“It’s a pretty heavily traveled road,” Sparks said.

Repairing and replacing bridges make up some of the duties for the commissioners, who have an ongoing list of bridge projects for the county. In recent years, the county has received steel beams from the former Interstate 44 Crosstown Bridge in Oklahoma City to use in  building new bridges in Stephens County. These bridge beams have gone to all 77 counties in Oklahoma.

Sparks said he knows the road closure will be inconvenient for some area residents, especially because of the road’s heavy traffic flow, but hopes motorists can understand the importance of the project and the reasoning behind the road closure.

“That bridge, it’s time for it to be replaced,” Sparks said.

By giving people more than two weeks notice, he hopes people have enough time to find alternative routes before the road closes.

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