By Rep. Mike Sanders
Every summer, I give a detailed update of roads and bridges projects in our House district broken down by county. This column focuses on those in Woodward County.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation lists this project as complete:
State Highway 15 located 6.4 miles east of the State Highway 46 junction and extending 4.4 miles northeast. Crews widened, resurfaced, and repaired the bridge that overlaps both Ellis and Woodward counties to include the town of Fargo at a cost of approximately $7.5 million.
These projects as ongoing:
Crews are nearing completion on a U.S. Highway 270 project that begins approximately 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. ODOT hopes to have this project completed by late fall or early winter.
The final section of U.S. Highway 270 in Division 6 also has been awarded. This is a milestone for the division as it completes the four-lane section of U.S. 270 from Woodward to Seiling. This portion of the project begins approximately 14.7 miles southeast of State Highway 50 and extends 4.3 miles southeast to the Woodward/Dewey County line. The grade, drain, bridge and surface project adds two new lanes and rehabilitates the existing lanes to accomplish a four-lane divided highway at an estimated cost of $21.5 million. The total cost of the overall projects, which began in 2003, is about $93 million.
Construction also is nearing completion on the 34th Street project in Woodward. This is a grade, drain, bridge and surface project beginning at U.S. Highway 412, extending south 2.07 miles. The cost is approximately $8.6 million and is a joint venture between ODOT and the City of Woodward. Work is expected to be complete by late summer.
The final ongoing project is an asphalt resurface on U.S. Highway 412 beginning 1.08 miles east of U.S. Highway 183 in Woodward and extending approximately 8 miles east. The cost of this project is $4.8 million. It should be complete by late summer.
Future work includes:
A Bridge replacement on State Highway 34 just north of Woodward over the North Canadian River. It is scheduled for 2021 at an estimated cost of $5.3 million.
ODOT currently is planning a bridge rehabilitation project on U.S. Highway 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. Highway 183 junction. This project will consist of replacing the bridge deck on both the east- and westbound lanes and will require a crossover where traffic will be moved to both the east- and westbound lanes while the deck is being replaced. This project currently is planned for 2021.
A resurfacing project on State Highway 34 in Woodward County begins at the U.S. Highway 270 junction and extends 7.9 miles south to near Sharon. Work is scheduled for 2022 at an estimated cost of $1.5 million.
Another project to widen, resurface and bridge State Highway 34 in Woodward County begins at the U.S. Highway 60 junction in Vici and extends approximately 8 miles north. The project is scheduled to let in 2027 at an estimated cost $15 million.
The final upcoming project is on State Highway-34 beginning at the junction of U.S. Highway 412 in Woodward and extending 0.8 miles north. This project is a grade, drain and surface and is scheduled for 2025 at an estimated cost of $4.0 million.
Over the last 12 years, approximately $108.5 million has been invested on transportation projects in Woodward County.
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