The work continues on roadways in and around central Oklahoma counties.
Here's another example (actually two):
Noticed a lot of work on Choctaw Road between SE 44 and SE 59. Is it being widened to four lanes?
You got it, Ed.
That's a project being done in phases by the city and the state Transportation Department.
As was explained to me, the project runs from SE 44 to SE 89, with the city handling the first part, the Transportation Department taking over the stretch around the truck stop that is just off Interstate 40, around SE 74.
The city then finishes the last bit of the work, finishing up roughly SE 78 to SE 89. That is all to be completed in 2016.
There also is a widening project on Anderson Road, from SE 59 to SE 74, according to Boyd Fulton in Ward 4 Councilman Pete White's office.
So there should be plenty of activity and plenty of improvement in the near future.
By the way ...
If you missed the announcement, here's the good news from the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors and the Transportation Department regarding the eight-year construction work plan to improve our state and U.S. highways and interstates.
The news release said:
“It is the focus of these two organizations to bring together contractors, elected officials and state leaders to continue the improvement of Oklahoma's infrastructure.
“‘Since the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan was adopted, we've seen a significant reduction in structurally deficient roads and bridges in this state,'” said Bobby Stem, executive director of AOGC.
“‘AOGC has a strong commitment to improving the infrastructure in Oklahoma for residents and travelers alike. This construction will help continue the development of our state, making Oklahoma more prosperous for generations to come.'”
The work plan includes projects in all 77 counties in Oklahoma. The portion of Oklahoma County alone includes extensive work on roads and bridges on Interstates 35, 40, 235 and 240; State Highways 66 and 74; and Sooner Road over Interstate 240.
These will be done at a projected cost of $756.7 million. AOGC officials point to added jobs and economic growth, as well as improved roadways.
It's all needed. We're definitely on the right course.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.