Saturday, August 11, 2007

Restoration of Lake Overholser Bridge on Route 66

The Lake Overholser Route 66 bridge, just outside Bethany city limits, is to be restored by Oklahoma City. The restored bridge will lead to a new project Hoskison envisioned: a statue of Will Rogers in a small park at the intersection of State Highway 66 and North Overholser Drive.

Oklahoma City’s plan is to restore the bridge in 2008 and reopen it to pedestrian traffic only, said Dennis Clowers, Oklahoma City’s public works director. The bridge has more significance ahead, he said, because it is only about 100 yards from a planned retail district in Bethany — to be called Bridge Pointe — with shops and restaurants similar to Moore’s Riverwalk district. Construction on the project is expected to begin soon in an undeveloped area southeast of 8500 N. Overholser Drive and 4000 E. Overholser Drive, Hoskison said.