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ODOT bypasses plan to reroute U.S. 69

ODOT bypasses plan to reroute U.S. 69

Muskogee Phoenix
By D.E. Smoot
Apr 17, 2019

State transportation officials abandoned an unpopular plan to reroute through traffic on U.S. 69 around the west side of Muskogee, opting instead to address operational and safety issues in a manner "more representative of the community's desires."

Executive Director Tim J. Gatz at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced the change of plans in a letter sent Tuesday afternoon to local legislators. Gatz acknowledges in the letter that while consideration of the bypass was "appropriate, the concept, location and timing of such improvements requires careful and long-term planning."

That planning should be "predicated on a healthy respect for the needs and input of the Muskogee area residents, elected officials and Community leaders," Gatz states in the letter. "With consideration for the feasibility of delivering improvements of this type in the near term, we recommend suspending any further discussion of this alternative indefinitely." FULL ARTICLE

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