Majority House Leader State Rep. Mike Sanders today commented on improvements to U.S. Highway 81 in Kingfisher, which started this week.
The 3½-mile, yearlong project will reconstruct the northbound lane of U.S. 81, adding shoulders, and rehab the southbound concrete pavement between West Will Rogers Drive and south of Park Community Road (County Road E0840) on the south side of Kingfisher. Left turn lanes will be added to U.S. 81 at both Park Community Road and Victory Lane (County Road E0830).
Left turn lanes will be added to U.S. 81 at Park Community Road and Victory Lane. The left turn lanes at Starlite Drive (County Road E0820) will be rebuilt.
Southbound U.S. 81 is narrowed to one lane until early August when northbound and southbound traffic will be narrowed to one lane in each direction and will remain in this configuration for most of the project. Motorists should expect lane shifts and intermittent closures later in the year.
The Speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph throughout the work zone.
Access to Mercy Hospital Kingfisher will remain open, however, motorists also may access the hospital entrance from Victory Lane.
The $8.6 million contract was awarded in March to Oklahoma-based Duit Construction Co.
“Infrastructure is the backbone of transporting our citizens safely and ensuring the free flow of products and people to support our local businesses,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “As the former chair of the House Transportation Committee for four years and as the current House majority leader, I have worked hard and will continue to do so to ensure roads and bridges funding – a core service of state government – remains a top priority. As the representative for House District 59, I’m thrilled with the tremendous work that has been done and is planned for Northwest Oklahoma. I’m proud of the state Transportation Department and the work they do to ensure our state roadways are safe and updated on a timely schedule.”
Also on tap for the Kingfisher area this year are two additional projects.
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 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.