By Rep. Mike Sanders
It’s the time of year when I like to give an update of roads and bridges projects in House District 59. This gives area residents an idea of what’s coming, so they can plan routes and appropriate drive times.
I fully recognize that roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure needs are endless. As the House majority leader and representative of this district, I will continue to work tirelessly to address our needs.
Transportation is a core service of government and we must and will continue to fund it appropriately. I applaud the Department of Transportation for its 8-year roads and bridges plan. They are careful to plan projects they know can be funded and completed within the time period allotted.
Following is a list of this year’s projects four our district detailed by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT):
In Blaine County:
- On State Highway 8, work on the bridges over Spring Creek and other creeks at 1 mile, 10.9 miles and 12.4 miles south of the State Highway 51 junction near Okeene and Hitchcock are estimated to begin Sept. 4 and take 195 days to complete at a cost of $3.6 million.
- On State Highway 51, work on the bridges over the North Canadian River and the overflow at 0.4 miles and 0.6 miles east of the State Highway 58 junction in Canton is set to begin Sept. 4 and take 150 days to complete at a cost of almost $3.4 million.
In Canadian County:
- On State Highway 3, the bridge over U.S. Highway 81 will be repaired starting in March 2019 at a cost of almost $2.7 million.
In Dewey County:
- On U.S. Highway 183, from 7.3 miles south of the U.S. Highway 60 junction north to near Taloga, work is scheduled to start Sept. 4 and take 150 days to complete at a cost of almost $4.1 million. The bridge has already been constructed. This project will tie the roadway to the bridge.
- On U.S. Highway 270, road repairs continue from 0.4 miles southeast of the State Highway 51 junction extending northwest near Seiling, construction started Feb. 12 and is expected to take 240 days to complete at a cost of almost $8 million.
In Kingfisher County:
- On State Highway 51, work continues on the westbound lane with the traffic signal at Skeleton Creek. The southeast section of the existing roadway is being removed so the existing surface and base can be reconstructed with new asphalt paving. The project is expected to be complete by August at a cost of $6.6 million.
- On U.S. Highway 81, the northbound half of the Frontier Bridge (also known as the Kingfisher Creek Bridge) has been removed; drilled shafts were scheduled for June 11. Work on abutments, columns and piers are scheduled for the rest of June and July. Beams should be hung in early August and the first half of the new bridge deck poured in early September. After this curing time, traffic will be switched to this new northbound half of the bridge and the contractor will repeat for the southbound half of the bridge. The project is expected to be complete in May 2019 at a cost of almost $3.5 million.
- A separate project will reconstruct the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 81 and rehab the southbound concrete pavement, 1.3 miles south of State Highway 33, extending south 3.3 miles on the south side of Kingfisher. The project was scheduled to start June 25 and take 265 days to complete at a cost of almost $8.6 million.
- Also on U.S. Highway 81 at County Road 860, the right and left turn lanes are being constructed. The project is scheduled to start in September and take 120 days to complete at a cost of almost $1.2 million.
- On State Highway 132, work on the northbound lane near Drummond was complete June 5. Work to seal the recycled roadway should begin in the near future. The project cost $694,520.
In Woodward County:
- On U.S. Highway 270, five miles southeast of State Highway 50 extending 5.6 miles southeast near Mutual, two lanes have been overlaid and two southbound lanes added at a cost of $19.8 million. Lanes are complete, striped and open to traffic. Only shoulder work, grass planting and other minor work remains.
- The next section of U.S. Highway 270 should be released for bid in November if all goes well. This will be a continuation of the previous project, beginning 10.5 miles southeast of State Highway 50 extending 3.7 miles southeast. This is a grade drain and surface adding two new lanes to accomplish a four-lane divided highway at an estimated cost of $18.8 million.
- Work on the State Highway 34 bridge and approaches over Indian Creek, 2.3 miles south of U.S. 183, is complete with minor exceptions. The work started Jan. 31, 2017 at a cost of almost $2.2 million.
- Work on the State Highway 34 bridge and approaches over south and north Persimmon Creek, approximately 4.9 and 7.6 miles north of the Dewey County line is complete with minor exceptions. Work started Feb. 13, 2017 at a cost of almost $5.8 million.
- Construction is planned to improve 34th Street in Woodward. This project will be a grade, drain, bridge and surface project beginning at U.S. Highway 412 and extending south 2.07 miles. This project was awarded in March but has not yet begun. The project is estimated to take 180 days at a cost of $8.6 million. This project is a joint venture between ODOT and the City of Woodward.
- Work on the bridge and approaches on State Highway 34 over the North Canadian River overflow, 1.2 miles north of U.S. Highway 183 extending south was awarded in May but has not yet begun. The project is estimated to take 180 days at a cost of $704,522.
Drive safely, and keep an eye out for construction crews.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. I can be contacted at Mike.Sanders@OKHouse.Gov or (405) 557-7407.