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September 14, 2013

Resurfacing set to begin on Shawnee

Official: Most work to be performed at night

Muskogee motorists can expect some inconveniences during the coming weeks once a resurfacing project begins on West Shawnee Bypass between U.S. 69 and Main Street.

An Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman said a start date has yet to determined, but the agency expects work to be completed by the end of October. ODOT spokesman Cody Boyd said once that work begins, there will be closures at certain times on eastbound lanes of U.S. 62 along Shawnee Bypass.

“We’re planning for most of the work to be performed at night, so traffic interruptions will be minimized,” Boyd said, noting only the eastbound lanes will be resurfaced. “The biggest impact to traffic will be closures of the intersections at 11th and Sixth streets to eastbound drivers for median repairs.”

Repairs at those intersections, Boyd said, will be done at separate times to avoid simultaneous closures. Each closure at those intersections is projected to last two to three days. Message boards will be used to alert motorists in advance of the closures.

Kimbra Scott, a spokeswoman for the city of Muskogee and port authority, said the city “appreciates the resources they (ODOT officials) will be utilizing for this project.” She said city officials will work with the state to keep motorists advised of “potential traffic delays.”

The $652,000 state contract was awarded to Glover & Associates. The Muskogee-based company also was awarded in August a $2.18 million contract with the city of Muskogee for 13 milling and overlay projects.

Public Works Director Mike Stewart said work on the city’s resurfacing projects is expected to begin by Oct. 1, with substantial completion attained after about 60 days barring adverse weather. Final completion, he said, could take up to 30 more days.

Stewart said once work begins, motorists should be prepared for congested traffic in the project areas or plan to take alternate routes. An effort to keep the public informed of any potential closings is among his priorities, Stewart said.

The city’s milling and overlay projects are being funded by a $2.5 million grant approved in April by the City of Muskogee Foundation’s directing board to promote economic development.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

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