Several years ago during a meeting in Oklahoma City, I heard a participant ask another in attendance when he learned he was from Logan County: “Where does that highway east of Guthrie go? Does anybody use that road?”
I was curious as to how the Logan County resident would respond. It didn't take long.
“You mean State Highway 33? Well, sir, that's about one of the most-traveled highways in this part of the country ... by anybody who wants to get anywhere that isn't straight north or south.”
He then proceeded to tell the questioner how he could use SH 33 to get to Langston, Coyle, Perkins, Stillwater, Cushing, Drumright, Bristow and a few other places, including Tulsa.
“You ought to try it sometime,” he said. “An awful lot of people do every day.”
I don't know if the quizzer ever made a trip on SH 33, but it got his attention that day. And Mr. Logan County got in a little promotion for his surroundings. Good for him.
Now, with that area in mind ...
I wanted to see what you know about Highway 33 going east out of Guthrie. They have done some nice work there, four-laning past Langston to the Cimarron River bridge and have put in two new lanes farther east, but short of reaching Perkins. There has been no new work in several years now. Any updates?
Yes, there is, Bob. Here's the word from Cole Hackett of the state Transportation Department's Media and Public Relations Division:
“The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded a project a few months ago to widen SH 33 from U.S. 177 to Western Road in Perkins,” he said.
“This project is scheduled to start in the next two months. The project will widen SH 33 to two lanes in each direction with a center turn lane and replace two bridges along the route.
“In addition, a project in early 2014 is scheduled to widen and resurface two miles of SH 33 east of Perkins.
“An additional project later in ODOT's eight-year construction plan will add two additional lanes to SH 33 west of Perkins, to complete the four-laning of the highway.”
So be prepared for some heavy work ahead, Bob.
By the way ...
If there are roadways you haven't traveled in Oklahoma, check the map and consider making a trip sometime. It just might be a route you'll be happy you experienced.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.