Oklahoma highway project gets $62M federal grant

July 12, 2016 GMT

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has been awarded a $62 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation executive director Mike Patterson made the announcement of the FASTLANE grant Monday. The project is one of 18 chosen to receive the grant.

The grant will be combined with state funds to finance a $120 million project to deal with obstacles, including a series of three traffic lights and a railroad crossing, have snarled traffic on the heavily traveled U.S. 69/75 trucking corridor as it passes through Bryan County near Durant, according to The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/29GSpDb ).

The project will deal with a four-mile segment that stretches from Chickasaw Road in Calera to U.S. 70 in Durant.

Officials plan to elevate the highway and build controlled access ramps to eliminate a traffic bottleneck.

The traffic issues in Durant were considered a regional and national problem.

Transportation officials said U.S. 69 has the highest volume of commercial truck traffic of any non-interstate highway in the state.

Construction is expected to begin in federal fiscal year 2019 and should take about three years to complete.

Patterson said that there would have been no funding solution for the project if the state did not get the grant.


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com