By Rep. Mike Sanders
This is my third and final update of roads and bridges projects in our House district. This column focuses on those inKingfisher and Canadian counties.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) lists these projects as recently completed in Kingfisher County:
U.S. Highway 81 reconstruction from 5.4 miles north of the Canadian County Line to three miles north. Crews reconstructed the northbound lanes just south of Kingfisher at a cost of $9,110,507.
U.S. 81 over Kingfisher Creek in Kingfisher. Crews replaced this bridge at a cost of $3,689,243.
U.S. 81 starting 800 feet south of County Road 860 and extending north 0.3 miles. Crews added turn lanes at a cost of $646,468.
Recently completed in Canadian County:
State Highway 3 bridge rehabilitation project over U.S.-81 at a cost of $2,753,373
S.H. 3 pavement resurfacing beginning at State Highway 4 extending west to 0.5 miles west of Gregory Road.
These projects are ongoing:
U.S. 81 at Oklahoma Avenue in Okarche. This joint project between Kingfisher and Canadian counties, the City of Okarche and ODOT will replace the sidewalk along Oklahoma Avenue and replace the driving surface on the avenue as well as update the signal at U.S. 81 at a cost of $1,994,998.
In Kingfisher County:
State Highway 33 and U.S. 81 in Kingfisher. Pavement rehabilitation on S.H. 33 from the U.S. 81 Junction 0.4 miles east to Second Street, and on U.S. 81 from the S.H. 33 junction two blocks south. Crews are replacing the existing concrete pavement at a cost of $1,324,317.
S.H. 33 from the Logan County line extending west five Miles. ODOT is purchasing the right-of-way on S.H. 33 for an upcoming shoulder-widening project at a cost of $2,036,000. Crews also are relocating utilities on this same stretch at a cost of $2,622,283.
U.S. 81 northbound bridge over the Cimarron River. Crews are repainting the bridge beams at a cost of $618,993.
In Canadian County:
West Overholser bike route and sidewalk project will cost $377,071.
S.H. 3 pavement resurfacing from 4.75 miles east of the U.S. 81 junction extending east 3.26 miles at a cost of $2,622,283
Future work in Kingfisher County includes these projects in Fiscal Year 2021, which started July 1.
S.H. 33 from 0.56 Miles east of the U.S. 81 junction extending east 9.4 Miles. ODOT is purchasing the right-of-way on S.H. 33 for an upcoming shoulder-widening project at a cost of $4,295,100.
S.H. 33 from Second Street to the U.S. 81/S.H. 33 junction and south two blocks to Don Blanding Avenue. This will add or update sidewalks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act at a cost of $119,217.
State Highway 51 from U.S. 81 in Hennessey east 7.53 miles. This project will widen shoulders, resurface pavement and include the bridge box extension and replacement over Camp Creek at a cost of $14,564,200.
Additional projects on S.H. 33 and 51 and U.S. 81 are planned through Fiscal Year 2027.
Future work in Canadian County includes the following projects for FY21:
S.H. 3 pavement resurfacing from the Canadian/Kingfisher County line to Radio Road at a cost of $7.5 million.
U.S. 81 pavement resurfacing from 0.15 miles north of Memorial Road, north to S.H. 3 at a cost of $5,787,754.
U.S. 81 bridge rehabilitation northbound over the Canadian River at a cost of $4,347,540.
U.S. Highway 281 spur pavement resurfacing from the U.S. 281 junction, southeast 4.21 miles at a cost of $1,070,030.
Projects on U.S. Highway 270 bridges over 6 Mile Creek and Unnamed Creek are set for FY22 and FY26.
Over the last 12 years, almost $59.6 million has been invested on transportation projects in Kingfisher County and almost $32.4 million in Canadian County.
Transportation has always been a priority for me as a state lawmaker. Keeping our roadways safe for our families and open for commerce is a core function of state government. I worked hard during my service in the state Legislature to secure as much funding for roads and bridges projects in our district as I could. I’m proud of the $343.5 million spent over the past 12 years in House District 59. It’s been an honor to work with the dedicated leadership and crews at ODOT and in our counties.
If I can help you in any way, I can be reached at (405) 557-7407 or email@example.com.