The Edmond Sun

December 29, 2012

ODOT plans work on S.H. 74, I-35/Waterloo interchange

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A new update on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation  Eight-Year Construction Plan includes improvements for Logan County, said state Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie.

An action necessary for the department to function in the long-term, more than $4.3 billion in bridge and highway improvements are planned by the end of 2019, according to ODOT. This eight-year plan is updated each year because a blueprint is needed for rights-of-way and designing projects.

The plan includes the $48 million expansion of State Highway 74 from Covell to Memorial in 2015, Murphey said.

“The new project that made it into the Eight-Year Plan that was a big deal for south Logan County, north Oklahoma County, is a rework of the Waterloo Road at I-35 Interchange,” Murphey said.

A $30 million rework of the intersection will better support traffic, Murphey said, potentially making it the first time ODOT has approached Logan and Oklahoma County to take care of that intersection.

“The signal lights that are there would potentially have to be maintained by the county,” Murphey said.

Work on the interchange is projected for 2020 but could be moved up, he added. The recently completed Seward Road overpass had originally been planned for 2014 but was completed in 2012.

ODOT’s eight-year plan is for 1,750 critical projects. Highlights include more than 650 bridge replacements or major rehabilitation, which is more than three times the amount in ODOT’s first eight-year plan in 2003. The plan claims that by the time it’s implemented virtually every structurally deficient bridge in Oklahoma will have been addressed, Murphey said.

“It calls for replacing the Cimarron Bridge going through Guthrie in the year 2016-17,” Murphey said.

In January, the work will begin on the right-of-way and utilities in preparation for replacing the Guthrie viaduct. Reconstruction of the viaduct is planned to begin in the fall of 2014.

Legislators will begin having additional policy discussions about making some of the older turnpikes free, now that infrastructure needs are being addressed, Murphey said. | 341-2121