Prior to removal of the SH-79 Bridge over the Red River, federal and state agencies required mitigation efforts for impacts to a historic resource. ODOT, our cultural resources team and other partners produced an award-winning report. “Bridging the Mighty Red: Red River Crossings Between Oklahoma and Texas” provides an engaging historical overview of transportation development and river crossings through time. It includes photos, graphics, maps and river-related stories.
“Bridging the Mighty Red” is a creative mitigation product that can apply to other bridge projects along the Red River, potentially reducing mitigation requirements for future projects. ODOT is also using the report as a public outreach tool.