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Big Changes for U.S.-69/75 as Project Gets Green Light

Big Changes for U.S.-69/75 as Project Gets Green Light

After years of planning, countless hours in the design room and input from the public, the U.S.-69/75 corridor in Bryan County is a giant step closer to a major reconstruction due to a federal FASTLANE Grant received in 2016.

The contract was awarded by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission at its August meeting to Duit Construction of Edmond at more than $150 million, with a significant $62 million coming from federal funds. This was the third largest grant awarded in the nation during the grant cycle and is one of the highest amounts of federally awarded grants in the department's history. The project has financial incentives for different milestones and early completion, made possible by the federal grant.

The estimated three-yearlong project is anticipated to start as early as fall 2019 and will improve 4 mi. of this corridor just north of the Texas state line between Chickasaw Road in Calera and U.S.-70 in Durant.

"We are seeing interstate levels of traffic in this area and the massive changes made by this project will transform it into a modern, expanded freight corridor," said Tim Gatz, Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation and Oklahoma Department of Transportation executive director. "This is a critical step forward in Oklahoma's transportation future. This modernization of U.S.-69/75 means the highway will continue to grow as a major freight and travel corridor, especially as Texas continues its expansion south of the Red River." FULL ARTICLE

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