By Rep. Mike Sanders
In my previous column, I gave an update of Oklahoma Department ofTransportation roads and bridges projects in Blaine and Dewey Counties. In this one, I detail projects in Woodward and Woodward County. This is an annual update I like to provide district residents so they know areas of road construction and also can see how their transportation dollars are spent.
The next section of U.S. Highway 270 has been awarded. It begins 10.5 miles southeast of State Highway 50 and extends 3.7 miles southeast. This is a grade, drain, bridge and surface project adding two new lanes and rehabilitating the existing lanes to accomplish a four-lane divided highway at a cost of approximately $12.3 million. Construction has just begun and is expected to be completed by fall of 2020.
The final section of U.S. 270 in Woodward County is scheduled to be let to bid in November. It begins approximately 14.7 miles southeast of State Highway 50 and extends 4.3 miles southeast to the Woodward / Dewey County line. This is a grade, drain, bridge and surface project adding two new lanes and rehabilitating the existing lanes to accomplish a four-lane divided highway at an estimated cost of $21.5 million.
Construction has begun to improve 34th Street in Woodward. This project is a grade, drain, bridge and surface project beginning at U.S. 412 extending south 2.07 miles. The project is estimated to take 365 days at a cost of approximately $8.6 million. This project is a joint venture between ODOT and the City of Woodward. Completion is anticipated by spring of 2020.
Construction also has begun on State Highway 15 located 6.4 miles east of the State Highway 46 Junction and extending 4.4 miles northeast. This project is a widen, resurface, and bridge that overlaps both Ellis and Woodward County to include the town of Fargo. The cost of the project is approximately $7.5 million and is expected to be complete by the spring of 2020.
The bridge construction is completed on State Highway 34 over the North Canadian River, located 1.2 miles north of U.S. 183. The cost of the project is approximately $705,000.
Also completed on State Highway 34 is a project that included the bridge and approach over Indian Creek approximately 2.3 miles south of U.S. 270 at an approximate cost of $2.1 million.
A third completed project on State Highway 34 consists of two bridges and approaches over north and south Persimmon Creek located 4.9 miles and 7.6 miles north of the Dewey County line is complete as well. The combined cost of these two bridges was approximately $5.7 million.
ODOT currently is planning a bridge rehabilitation project on U.S. 270 over the Unnamed Creek in the town of Woodward. The bridge is 0.4 miles east of the State Highway 15 and U.S. 183 junction. This project will consist of replacing the bridge deck on both the east and west bound lanes. This will require a crossover where traffic will be moved to both the east and west bound lanes while the deck is being replaced. This project is currently planned for 2021.
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