Area highway construction update

by Michael Bush -

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has put in place an aggressive plan to improve and modernize our transportation infrastructure.As part of that plan, there are several projects across the state currently under way. Projects slated to be completed now through the end of September include four in the local area.

In Jackson County, there are two resurfacing projects, one on US Hwy 62 west of Duke, with a construction cost of $1.6 million. The other is on SH 6 and US Hwy 283 near Blair. Cost of construction is $1.3 million.

Other area projects include a bridge repair in Tillman County on US Hwy 62. The repairs are to a bridge over BNSF railroad, westbound only, at a cost of $261,057.

A resurfacing project is also on tap in Greer County from SH 34 north at a cost of $1.3 million. A project in Kiowa County, just 12 miles east of the Greer County line, will be to grade, drain, surface and bridge over the Big Elk Creek at a cost of $10.5 million.

There are a total of 14 projects slated in the Division 5 area of Southwest Oklahoma.

Major construction projects such as these could affect traffic. For a complete list and map of the construction area, visit the Oklahoma Department of Transportation website at

by Michael Bush

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