The Edmond Sun
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation awarded a $3 million contract Monday morning to construct multiple right-turn lanes at three Edmond-area streets to improve traffic movement on State Highway 74 (Portland).
Shell Construction Company of Oklahoma City will add dedicated right turn lanes on northbound and southbound Portland at Northwest 150th Street, (33rd Street) and at Northwest 164th Street (15th Street), said Paul Green, ODOT engineer.
A right turn lane also will be added for northbound traffic on Portland at 178th Street (Edmond Road), Green said at an ODOT board of commissioners meeting Monday.
“Currently that roadway is handling about 24,000 a day,” Green said.
ODOT considers turn signals on state highways when the vehicle count measures is more than 8,000, Green said. ODOT estimates traffic will increase at those intersections to 28,000 vehicles a day in the next 10 years.
Portland traffic will be relieved of vehicles backing-up at the intersection in order to make right turns, Green said. This project is expected to be finished in four years.
The three right-turn lanes also will help drivers during the construction of another project on Portland, Green said. A bid letting for a project to widen Portland from 150th Street to 206th Street (Covell) will occur in 2015-16. Utilities are being moved since the right-of-way already has been purchased.
Portland intersections will be reconstructed at 150th Street, Northwest 164th Street, 178th Street, Northwest 192nd Street (Danforth) and 206th Street. Completion of the project will make Portland a four- to five-lane road from Memorial Road to Waterloo Road at the Logan County line.
“It will probably be sometime before 2018 before they are completed,” Green said. “We’re in pretty good shape to move forward with it. The thing that always scares me worse than anything is funding issues with the federal government.”
TO LEARN MORE about ODOT projects, visit www.okladot.state.ok.us.