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Rogers County Finishing 76th St. N. Extension to Oklahoma 266

Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Sep 10, 2014 in General News

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By the beginning of 2015, Rogers County anticipates it will have a linking road between 76th St. N. and Oklahoma 266. The project is just one aspect of a larger eight-year plan by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to upgrade 266, a two-lane road that is a major route for commercial trucks along the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and other industrial organizations.

Starting at the Stone Canyon development on North 177th East Avenue and continuing roughly two miles to 46th Street, the extension required replacement flow-line pipes where the city of Tulsa gets it drinking water, County Commissioner Mike Helm noted. The cost of paving the linking road will be approximately $400,000. Helm said another $180,000 will put a bridge just north of Oklahoma 266.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation plans to widen Oklahoma 266 from two lanes to five for a 2.5 mile stretch of road. This is expected to cost an estimated $25 million, and bids for that portion of the project are expected to be solicited early next year.

East of the Tulsa County line, Oklahoma 266 sees about 10,040 vehicles each day. While the upgrades are certainly an improvement to one portion of the road, some feel the western side of 266 is the area that needs more attention.

Tulsa landowner Hank Harbaugh believes widening the east side of 145th East Avenue would help ease the flow of trucker traffic, though Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kenna Carmon notes that within the past four years the western side has seen seven deadly accidents, with none on the eastern side.

The department cited several other reasons for managing the expansion on the eastern side, which included higher truck accident rate on the western side; the need to repair two damaged bridges; the need to conduct extensive environmental studies before making changes to the eastern side; and significant dirt work needed before improvement to the eastern side would be possible.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation notes that the eight-year plan is only a starting point, and that issues will be re-prioritized once the project is completed.

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