Vehicles Damaged By Highway 169 Expansion Joint

Thursday, August 20th 2015, 10:09 am
By: News On 6

ODOT blamed a broken expansion joint for damage done to a dozen vehicles on Highway 169 Thursday morning.

Metal from the broken expansion joint protruded above the pavement near 61st Street, causing damage to eleven cars and one semi. Most of the damage was flattened tires and bent wheels, but at least one vehicle suffered a hole in its engine's oil pan.

ODOT said the problem was an expansion joint in the highway.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation closed the lane as well as the southbound on-ramp from 61st Street. It took the ODOT crew about an hour to fix the problem and reopen the lane.

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It's not clear yet if ODOT will pay for the damage to the vehicles.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said that stretch of Highway 169 is the busiest highway in Tulsa and gets a lot of wear and tear, which caused this problem.