Oklahoma’s earthquakes forcing bridge philosophy change
Things are shaking in Oklahoma, so much so that the Sooner State has become a major state for earthquake frequency.
We are on the radar screen, even with the infamous earthquake haven of California. Recently, a quake expert from CAL-TRAN (the California Department of Transportation) graciously paid a visit to
Oklahoma City where he met March 25 with Oklahoma Department of Transportation representatives, two from each of the eight divisions in the state, concerning the impact the increasing number of tremors will have on the state’s bridges and overpasses. Also taking part in that meeting were officials from both the U.S. and Oklahoma Geological Surveys.
Division 5 Engineer Brent Almquist said the steady outbreak of quakes, particularly in the northeast central portion of the state, had ODOT officials “freaking out” about having to inspect bridges for damage.