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ODOT's $42M Sallisaw Project Under Way

ODOT's $42M Sallisaw Project Under Way
WED MAY 08, 2019 - WEST EDITION #10

With the kickoff of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's interchange improvements in Sallisaw, so began the highest-dollar project in ODOT's eastern central district, also known as Division 1. The $42 million project, awarded to Sherwood Construction of Tulsa, includes bridge rehabilitation and replacements as well as surface and interchange work. The undertaking, which began in mid-January, is slated for completion in early 2021.

Sallisaw, the county seat of Sequoyah County, sits at the junction of State Highways 64 and 59, nestled between Sallisaw Creek and Little Sallisaw Creek on the southern edge of the Ozark Plateau. The state line into Arkansas sits 20 mi. to the east of Sallisaw and Interstate 40 crosses the city's south side.

Construction work runs along the nearly 3-mi. corridor on I-40 from the U.S.-64 interchange toward the east end of Sallisaw to the U.S.-59 junction in an effort to eliminate congestion. Specific elements include the replacement of 10 bridges, three of which experts deem as structurally deficient.

The state defines structurally deficient as those bridges with "key elements that need to be monitored and/or repaired." The elements involve rating the bridge deck where drivers travel, rating the superstructure that makes up the support immediately beneath the driving surface as well as rating the foundation and supporting posts and piers that make up the structure... FULL ARTICLE

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