By Rep. Mike Sanders
In previous columns, I gave updates of Oklahoma Department of Transportation(ODOT) roads and bridges projects in Blaine, Dewey and Woodward counties. I’m wrapping up this week with an update on projects in Kingfisher and Canadian counties. I provide this annual update so district residents know areas of road construction and also can see how their tax dollars are being used to keep our roads and bridges in good order.
There are three projects currently under construction in these counties.
On U.S. Highway 81 in Kingfisher, contractors are paving the northbound lanes. When that is completed, they will diamond grind the southbound lanes. The projectcost is $8.6 million and is estimated to be complete by the end of August or early September. Springs rains pushed back this project, but crews have been working Sundays to make up time. I appreciate everyone’s patience as they work to complete this section of the highway.
On State Highway 3/Northwest Expressway from Piedmont Road west six miles, crews are milling 5 inches of the existing pavement and replacing it with asphalt. This Rich Intermediate Layer is designed to be flexible and bridge over the transverse cracks currently in the roadway so motorists will enjoy a much smoother ride. The result will be fantastic. The project cost is $4.2 million.
A bridge rehabilitation project on State Highway 3 over U.S. 81 south of Okarche will remove and replace the decks of the east and westbound bridges at a cost of $2.6 million. The contractor recently started on this project and has a contract time of 180 days. Swallows nesting on the bridge caused a change in the phasing of theproject and caused a small delay, but crews have come up with a plan to limit the delay.
Projects awarded by ODOT in June include:
- Pavement rehabilitation on U.S. Highway 81 from Sheridan Avenue extending north and on State Highway 33 from U.S. 81 extending east in the city ofKingfisher – a total of 1.1 miles at a cost of $1.3 million.
- Grade, surface, traffic signal and sidewalks on Oklahoma Avenue in Okarche, from the U.S. Highway 81 junction extending east through town for less than a mile at a cost of $1.9 million.
ODOT lists the following projects as active from the Fiscal Year 2019 budget:
- Pavement rehabilitation on State Highway 33 in Kingfisher from the U.S. 81 junction 0.4 miles east to Second Street and on U.S. 81 from State Highway 33 two blocks south at a cost of $1.3 million.
From the FY2020 budget in Kingfisher County:
- Resurfacing on State Highway 3 approximately 4.75 miles east of the U.S. 81 junction, extending east approximately 3.26 miles at a cost of $2.6 million.
- Utilities work on State Highway 33 from the Logan County line extending west 5 miles for a cost of $2.6 million. This is preparation for adding shoulders to this narrow two-line highway in the future.
- Grading, draining, bridge and surface work on State Highway 51 from U.S. 81 in Hennessey east 7.53 miles including bridge extensions over Camp Creek at a cost of $14.1 million.
- Bridge painting on U.S. 81 northbound over the Cimarron at a cost of $1.6 million.
From the FY2020 budget in Canadian County:
- Bridge rehabilitation on State Highway 66 west and eastbound over Shell Creek approximately 8.2 east of U.S. 81 at a cost of $3.5 million.
- Right of way and utilities on U.S. 81 at the intersection of State Highway 66 in El Reno at a cost of $515,000 and $125,000 respectively.
- Bridge rehabilitation on U.S. 81 northbound over the Canadian River approximately 2.2 miles north of State Highway 66 at a cost of $2.2 million.
From the FY2021 budget in Canadian County:
- Two resurfacing projects from 4 miles north extending to the U.S. 81 and Interstate 40B junction at a cost of $875,000 for each project.
- Right of Way, shoulders and resurfacing from State Highway 33 from 0.56 miles east of U.S. 81 east 9.4 miles at a cost of $1.6 million. Utilities on the same section for an additional $1.6 million.
- A.D.A. compliance projects on State Highway 33 from Second Street to U.S. 81 and south two blocks to Don Blanding Ave. at a cost of $52,000.
From the FY2022 budget in Kingfisher County:
- Right of way on State Highway 51 from State highway 74 extending west 9.9 miles at a cost of $1.7 million. Utilities work on the same section will cost $824,000. Shoulders will later be added to this narrow roadway.
- Right of Way and utilities on U.S. 81 from 0.5 miles north of the Canadian County line extending north 4.7 miles at a cost of $109,000 for each project.
- Bridge rehabilitation on State Highway 3 over U.S. 81 approximately 0.5 miles south of the Kingfisher County line at a cost of $2.7 million.
As most of you know, transportation has been a priority for me since the beginning of my legislative service. Making sure our roads are safe for our people to travel and efficient for the movement of commerce to grow our economy is a bedrock of government. It gives me great pleasure to report our progress in this area.
If I can help you in any way, I can be reached at (405) 557-7407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.