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New bridge near Wilson replaces 80-year-old span

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The new Dillard Road bridge has opened to traffic near Wilson, Oklahoma. (KTEN) The new Dillard Road bridge has opened to traffic near Wilson, Oklahoma. (KTEN)

WILSON, Okla. -- A new bridge is bringing a smoother commute to drivers in Wilson.

The previous Dillard Road bridge was 80 years old and narrow. Over the decades, it became a safety hazard for motorists.

"It was a good quality bridge, they did a good job, but it wasn't built to today's standards," said  Carter County District 3 Commissioner Jerry Alvord. "That bridge was only 11 feet wide, so it was basically a one-lane bridge."

Alvord said workers were putting the finishing touches on the new span on Tuesday, and it was expected to be open to traffic by the end of the day.

In addition to providing a safer driving experience, the new Dillard Road bridge will help with storm drainage

"This bridge will take us many years into the future," Alvord said. "It's well-engineered, safe, we can do it in house with our own force account, and saving the taxpayers a lot of money by doing it in house."

And with this project done, the county is moving on to road repairs during the summer months.

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