2/5/2014 10:41:00 AM Cimarron river bridge dedication is Tuesday
Construction is complete on the new Cimarron river bridge south of Perkins and a dedication ceremony is set for next Tuesday, weather permitting. Journal photo by David Sasser
The dedication and opening of the new Cimarron river bridge south of Perkins is set for Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 2 p. m. Those wishing to attend the dedication ceremony need to park south of the bridge along Vinco Road in the area of Mud Flats. In the event of rain or snow, the dedication ceremony will be cancelled.
The new bridge is part of a $22.5 million highway improvement project that also includes a new bridge over Dugout creek, widening of north Main Street, and drainage of the US177/ SH33 intersection north of Perkins. The new bridge is 901'8" long, sits on sixteen 60" drilled shafts 50 feet deep, contains almost 340,000 lbs of reinforcing steel and nearly 2,000 cubic yards of concrete. It was designed by ODOT Engineer Steve Jacobi and constructed by Sherwood Construction of Catoosa, OK.
In 2013, the Oklahoma
Legislature approved a measure naming the bridge the Phil Tomlinson Bridge on a recommendation from the Perkins Chamber of Commerce and the Perkins Community Foundation.
Tomlinson, a Perkins native and 1956 graduate of Perkins High School, served as Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation from 2003 to 2009 and was Transportation Secretary under Governor Brad Henry. Prior to his service to Gov. Henry, Tomlinson served in the administrations of Republican Gov. Dewey F. Bartlett and Democratic Gov. David Hall.
"Phil did a great job for the citizens of Oklahoma and was proud of his hometown," local developer Harland Wells said.
"For years we tried to get signs at the exits on I-35 and I-40 that said "Perkins," Wells added. "The first week Phil was in office they went up."
Tomlinson holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and a master's degree in business administration, both from Oklahoma State University. A commercial real estate investor, he and his wife, Carol, live in Shawnee.