Willis Bridge Update

PSA: Willis Bridge Update

Feb. 9, 2023

The new Willis Bridge opened up with one lane northbound, and southbound traffic was routed onto the old bridge. Soon after, both lanes opened up on the new bridge.

Feb. 16, 2023

From the Tulsa, Oklahoma, office of Jensen Construction Company:

The contract to build the new bridge was awarded to Jensen in 2018. Initial work began in 2018, but it was quite some time before Texomans saw the construction crews arrive. The supervisor at Jensen and I could not remember what year their field office was installed. He thought it was 2019, and I thought it was 2020. 

We are approximately six months away from the end of construction. Jensen will dismantle the old bridge with hard labor, cranes, and pneumatic breakers, not with explosives to implode the bridge. Parts, not all, of the old bridge will be left to settle on the lake bed for fish cover and habitat. 

There are no guard rails on the east side of the northbound entrance and exit for a couple of hundred yards each. The drop-offs are steep in those sections and invisible at night. Those sections are up to ODOT code standards. 

Please Adhere to the 45 MPH Speed Limit Through the Willis Bridge Construction Zone

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 22)

GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.58 feet below pool. Striped bass are fair with the bite hit-or-miss. The bite can be tougher while the fish start to spawn. Fish in 15-30 feet of water on structure or out in open water with Alabama rigs or swimbaits. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors. Striped bass are good on live bait drifting flats in 30-50 feet of water. A few warmer weeks and the stripers will go spawn. A lot of smaller fish on humps in 25-30 feet of water fishing live bait. Crappie are fair on brush in 8-10 feet of water fishing jigs but the minnow bite will turn on in the creeks soon. Catfish are slow anchoring with cut shad in 5-15 feet of water near the rivers. Warmer weather ahead will have them feeding before the spawn. Report by Jacob Orr Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service.

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