(KTEN) — Motorists traveling between Bryan and Marshall counties on US 70 could one day see a new bridge spanning Lake Texoma.

The Roosevelt Bridge was built in 1942. After years of safety concerns, the narrow, two-lane bridge could either face a makeover or be torn down and replaced with a modern structure.

"The Roosevelt Bridge was never intended to have the amount of traffic and the speed of traffic that it contains right now," said state Sen. David Bullard (R-District 6), who has made the route a priority for his office. "We are working on a new expansion bridge that would go the full two miles, and cut the corner from east to west across the lake."

Bullard believes that if the current bridge is left standing for pedestrian use, funds will be needed to make it more structurally sound.

“You could actually put more weight on the bridge than you could with a few cars going across by packing enough pedestrians across the bridge,” he said.

The Roosevelt Bridge over Lake Texoma was built in 1942 and links Marshall and Bryan counties.

Shannon Masters crosses the bridge on her commute to work every morning.

"I love driving across the bridge," she said. "If they work on it, that's great; I've never had any issues with it."

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation estimates that a replacement bridge could cost up to $200 million.

"We know that four lanes with shoulder is going to be much better for drivers," Mills Leslie with Oklahoma Department of Transportation said. "You'll have somewhere to pull over; it will be easier for people to navigate.

Construction on whatever will replace the Roosevelt Bridge is expected to begin in approximately eight to ten years.