By Rep. Mike Sanders
It’s that time of year when I give my annual update of roads and bridges projects in our district. This one includes projects in Blaine and Dewey Counties.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation lists these projects as complete:
- Near Okeene and Hitchcock, three bridges over creeks on State Highway 8 south of State Highway 51. The project contract was $3.6 million, but the contractor received a $188,000 bonus ($4,000 per day) for finishing 47 days ahead of schedule.
- Bridge work on State Highway 51 over the North Canadian River in Canton. The project contract was $3.4 million, but the contractor finished 30 days ahead of schedule so received a $150,000 bonus ($5,000 per day).
- In Blaine County on State Highway 58:
- School zone advance warning signs have been installed in Canton; cost $18,057
The following projects are under construction or considered active:
- The bridge north of Taloga on U.S. Highway 183 is 99% complete; cost $4 million.
- South of Seiling, work on U.S. Highway 270 near the junction of State Highway 51 is about 98% complete; cost of $8 million.
- Also on U.S. 270 at various locations along State Highway 33, asphalt patching is being done; cost $228,000.
- In Dewey County
- On State Highway 34: chip and seal beginning south of Camargo, extending south 10.2 miles; cost $291,425. ODOT crews are working on this project and will complete it next week.
- On U.S. 60:
- Resurfacing beginning at the Ellis County line, extending east 5.91 miles through Vici to State Highway 34, includes State Highway 34 from U.S. 60, extending north to Woodward County line at a cost of $1.7 million. This job was bid, but bids from a sole bidder came in too high and the project was not awarded. It is expected to be re-let in 2021.
A separate bridge project in Canton on State Highway 51, over U.S. Gypsum Road, 2.4 miles north of the State Highway 51 junction has not started yet. This project was contracted at $880,991 and will take 90 days. Transportation officials said work will not start until after Sept. 1 because of migratory birds in the area.
A resurfacing project was let in June on State Highway 51A at State Highway 51 at Southard, extending north 7.57 miles; cost $2.7 million. Also approved in June is a grade, drain and surfacing project on County Road EW-72 from 2.3 miles east of State Highway 8, extending east near Hitchcock; cost $3.9 million.
Additional projects include:
- Chip and seal work on State Highway 51
- At State Highway 51A, extending east 10.5 miles; cost $318.595
- 3 miles east of State Highway 8, extending east 5.77 miles; cost $188,412
- Chip and seal work on State Highway 51A
- 6.82 miles north of State Highway 8A, extending north 3.2 miles; cost $104,824
- At State Highway 8, extending north 4.3 miles; cost $133,143
Work on different sections of U.S. Highway 270 in Blaine and Dewey counties will be let between this November and 2024. The total for the projects is estimated at $78.4 million. Areas to be worked on are:
- 0.4 miles southeast of State Highway 51E, extending southeast 4.9 miles – to be let November 2019.
- 5.4 miles southeast of State Highway 51E, extending southeast 3 miles – to be let November 2020.
- 8.4 miles southeast of State Highway 51E, extending southeast 5 miles – to be let November 2021.
- 6.35 miles northwest of State Highway 58, extending southeast 3.25 miles – to be let November 2023.
- 3.09 miles northwest of State Highway 58, extending southeast 3.93 miles – to be let November 2024.
Work on two sections of State Highway 3 in Blaine County will be let this year and next:
- In September, 1 mile east of the U.S. 270 junction in Watonga and extend east 4.5 miles; in September 2020, 5.5 miles east of the U.S. 270 junction in Watonga and extend east 6.4 miles to the Kingfisher County line. Estimated cost for both $15.8 million.
Six bridge projects in Blaine and Dewey counties also are scheduled to be let:
- In August utilities work on State Highway 8 over an unnamed creek 12.4 miles north of State Highway 33 in Watonga; cost $1,000.
- In November, the State Highway 8 bridge over Salt Creek in Okeene, approximately 7.3 miles south of State Highway 51; estimated cost $2.5 million.
- In February, the State Highway 58 bridge over Minnehaha Creek in Canton; estimated cost $1.8 million.
- The State Highway 34 bridge over the Canadian River south of Camargo in June 2021; estimated cost $13.5 million.
- U.S. 60 bridges over Cottonwood and Kizer Creeks, located 5.7 miles and 9 miles east of State Highway 34 in 2023; estimated cost $3.9 million.
- U.S. 60 bridges over Camp and Deep Creeks, 5.9 and 2.1 miles west of U.S. 183 in 2025; estimated cost $5 million.
Next week, I will talk about Woodward and Woodward County projects.
If I can help you in any way, I can be reached at (405) 557-7407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.