In 2004, the Deep Fork Tree Farm installed two vehicular bridges to span Coffee Creek and Deep Fork River. General Contractor Muskogee Bridge installed the structures and Deep Fork’s management was very pleased with the bridges. Since then, the tree farm has continued to grow and acquire more acreage for their operation.
After their most recent purchase, they needed to cross another creek. and chose a Contech vehicular bridge as the solution.
Contech assisted with design of the footings and Muskogee Bridge performed the installation. Piles, 72’ long, were driven into the bedrock, and the concrete abutments were cast on top of them. Very steep banks posed some installation challenges for Muskogee Bridge. To solve the problem, the banks were sloped and stabilized with rock riprap.
“This bridge saves us a lot of time and is much safer than hauling or driving our equipment on the highway,” said Andy Bensinger, Deep Fork’s Construction Supervisor. With the bridge in place over Soldiers Creek, workers can directly access the new property without loading up the equipment and driving onto Highway 66.
Deep Fork Tree Farm is located in the Deep Fork Valley just 20 miles from downtown Oklahoma City. The facility cultivates premium specimen shade and ornamental trees.