Traffic Talk: State Highway 9 in Norman set for widening

Don Gammill: There's movement underway on State Highway 9 in Norman, and that means a bigger, better road.
by Don Gammill Published: October 28, 2013
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State Highway 9 on the south side of Norman is a heavily traveled route on game day for the University of Oklahoma.

But it gets a pretty fair share of traffic most any day. So it's only natural that at some point, it should become bigger and better, right?

Do you know or can someone tell you what is planned for State Highway 9 E? From the junction of 24 Street SE and on east for several miles — 4 or 5 at least — all the utility poles and the underground pipes and lines are being moved back away from SH 9 by 20 feet or so on both sides. This is where the road goes from 4 lane to 2 lane there by the Marriott and the Postal Training Center. My uneducated guess is that they are going to widen SH 9 but who knows?

Ellie

Here's the answer, Ellie, from Larry Clore, at the state Transportation Department:

“Don, the overall plan is to four-lane SH 9 from Norman to Tecumseh. Of course, this being done in parts, beginning at each end and meeting in the middle. We estimate work beginning in Norman Spring 2014 and right of way and utilities planned for Tecumseh's end in 2015.

“The total completion of this project stretches out beyond our current 8-year plan, but construction is beginning soon.

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by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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