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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #75 on: June 22, 2017, 04:21:41 PM »

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Are those improvements being done to Interstate standards?

http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/meetings/a2015/151105/presentation.pdf

Pretty much looks like it.  10' outer shoulders, 4' inner; just made it!  Don't start celebrating now -- from there south to the Atoka/Bryan county line won't see anything similar in the near term.  It's a start (as with the projects south of Durant), but just that; don't read too much into it!
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #76 on: June 23, 2017, 09:55:30 AM »

^^

Are those improvements being done to Interstate standards?

http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/meetings/a2015/151105/presentation.pdf

Pretty much looks like it.  10' outer shoulders, 4' inner; just made it!  Don't start celebrating now -- from there south to the Atoka/Bryan county line won't see anything similar in the near term.  It's a start (as with the projects south of Durant), but just that; don't read too much into it!

69 is being resurfaced south of McAlester, but I've seen no signs of upgrading to full interchanges
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #77 on: June 24, 2017, 02:43:35 PM »

^^

Are those improvements being done to Interstate standards?

http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/meetings/a2015/151105/presentation.pdf

Pretty much looks like it.  10' outer shoulders, 4' inner; just made it!  Don't start celebrating now -- from there south to the Atoka/Bryan county line won't see anything similar in the near term.  It's a start (as with the projects south of Durant), but just that; don't read too much into it!

69 is being resurfaced south of McAlester, but I've seen no signs of upgrading to full interchanges

They'd likely have to build a fair amount of new alignment segments between McAlester and south of Tushka if they ever wanted to go full freeway. 
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #78 on: July 18, 2017, 04:58:40 PM »

from ODOT:

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US-69 frontage road closes at Comanche Ave., Comanche Ave. narrows to one lane July 20

The northbound US-69 frontage road will be closed at Comanche Ave. and Comanche Ave. will be narrowed to one lane with flaggers at US-69 from 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20 to 6 a.m. Friday July 21 to install a drainage pipe as part of an ongoing project. 

US-69 narrowed at Comanche Ave. in McAlester through spring 2018

Northbound US-69 is narrowed to one lane over Wade Watts Ave. just north of Comanche Ave. through early August for bridge work as part of the project to reconstruct US-69. Additionally, access to Wade Watts Ave. and Kiamichi Dr. is closed from the US-69 frontage road through mid-August.

This is the first phase of a $13 million project to reconstruct US-69 from Peaceable Rd. to Wade Watts Ave. in McAlester. In addition to the reconstruction of  US-69, this project includes:

Widening the US-69 bridges over Wade Watts Ave. and the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad;
Constructing on and off-ramps from US-69 to the frontage roads near Wade Watts Ave.;
Adding a J-turn on US-69 to the northbound frontage road between Peaceable Rd. and Kinkead Rd.;
Removing the signalized light at Peaceable Rd. and Comanche Rd. and permanently closing direct access to these roads from US-69; and
A complete overlay and re-striping of the frontage roads from Kinkead Rd. to Peaceable Rd.

This project is expected to be completed in March 2018. Motorists can subscribe for email updates or check for traffic advisories online at www.odot.org. The contractor can earn financial incentives for early completion of the project.
 
A second project scheduled for federal fiscal year 2019 will reconstruct US-69 from Kinkead Rd. to Peaceable Ave. including the north and southbound frontage roads and will construct an interchange at Kinkead Rd.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #79 on: July 19, 2017, 04:43:36 PM »

from ODOT:

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

US-69 frontage road closes at Comanche Ave., Comanche Ave. narrows to one lane July 20

The northbound US-69 frontage road will be closed at Comanche Ave. and Comanche Ave. will be narrowed to one lane with flaggers at US-69 from 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20 to 6 a.m. Friday July 21 to install a drainage pipe as part of an ongoing project. 

US-69 narrowed at Comanche Ave. in McAlester through spring 2018

Northbound US-69 is narrowed to one lane over Wade Watts Ave. just north of Comanche Ave. through early August for bridge work as part of the project to reconstruct US-69. Additionally, access to Wade Watts Ave. and Kiamichi Dr. is closed from the US-69 frontage road through mid-August.

This is the first phase of a $13 million project to reconstruct US-69 from Peaceable Rd. to Wade Watts Ave. in McAlester. In addition to the reconstruction of  US-69, this project includes:

Widening the US-69 bridges over Wade Watts Ave. and the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad;
Constructing on and off-ramps from US-69 to the frontage roads near Wade Watts Ave.;
Adding a J-turn on US-69 to the northbound frontage road between Peaceable Rd. and Kinkead Rd.;
Removing the signalized light at Peaceable Rd. and Comanche Rd. and permanently closing direct access to these roads from US-69; and
A complete overlay and re-striping of the frontage roads from Kinkead Rd. to Peaceable Rd.

This project is expected to be completed in March 2018. Motorists can subscribe for email updates or check for traffic advisories online at www.odot.org. The contractor can earn financial incentives for early completion of the project.
 
A second project scheduled for federal fiscal year 2019 will reconstruct US-69 from Kinkead Rd. to Peaceable Ave. including the north and southbound frontage roads and will construct an interchange at Kinkead Rd.

Any maps of the affected areas available for viewing?
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #80 on: July 19, 2017, 06:38:08 PM »

Just go full freeway in the McAlester area already!
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #81 on: July 19, 2017, 06:54:41 PM »

They are for part of the project.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #82 on: July 20, 2017, 09:16:50 AM »

from ODOT:

Traffic Advisories
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

US-69 frontage road closes at Comanche Ave., Comanche Ave. narrows to one lane July 20

The northbound US-69 frontage road will be closed at Comanche Ave. and Comanche Ave. will be narrowed to one lane with flaggers at US-69 from 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20 to 6 a.m. Friday July 21 to install a drainage pipe as part of an ongoing project. 

US-69 narrowed at Comanche Ave. in McAlester through spring 2018

Northbound US-69 is narrowed to one lane over Wade Watts Ave. just north of Comanche Ave. through early August for bridge work as part of the project to reconstruct US-69. Additionally, access to Wade Watts Ave. and Kiamichi Dr. is closed from the US-69 frontage road through mid-August.

This is the first phase of a $13 million project to reconstruct US-69 from Peaceable Rd. to Wade Watts Ave. in McAlester. In addition to the reconstruction of  US-69, this project includes:

Widening the US-69 bridges over Wade Watts Ave. and the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad;
Constructing on and off-ramps from US-69 to the frontage roads near Wade Watts Ave.;
Adding a J-turn on US-69 to the northbound frontage road between Peaceable Rd. and Kinkead Rd.;
Removing the signalized light at Peaceable Rd. and Comanche Rd. and permanently closing direct access to these roads from US-69; and
A complete overlay and re-striping of the frontage roads from Kinkead Rd. to Peaceable Rd.

This project is expected to be completed in March 2018. Motorists can subscribe for email updates or check for traffic advisories online at www.odot.org. The contractor can earn financial incentives for early completion of the project.
 
A second project scheduled for federal fiscal year 2019 will reconstruct US-69 from Kinkead Rd. to Peaceable Ave. including the north and southbound frontage roads and will construct an interchange at Kinkead Rd.

Any maps of the affected areas available for viewing?

See Reply #75 upthread.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #83 on: July 20, 2017, 03:02:28 PM »

Any maps of the affected areas available for viewing?
See Reply #75 upthread.

Thanks; forgot about the illustrations in the presentation.  Well, it's a start -- and takes care of a major-town impediment.  I would imagine, given the track record of the smaller towns along US 69 and/or 75 regarding bypassing -- coupled with the state's current political/fiscal issues -- that improvements to this corridor will be limited to this plus already-planned/programmed projects from Durant south to the state line -- at least for the near term.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #84 on: July 20, 2017, 04:25:36 PM »

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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #85 on: November 07, 2017, 05:44:46 PM »

Traffic Advisories
Friday, November 3, 2017

Intersections close, frontage roads change to one lane on US-69 in McAlester

The project below is weather permitting:

Drivers can expect the following changes on US-69 in McAlester as part of an ongoing reconstruction project:

The US-69 and Peaceable Rd. intersection is permanently closed
The US-69 frontage road on the east side of the highway will be northbound only between Village Blvd. and Wade Watts Ave. beginning Nov. 8
The US-69 frontage roads on the west side of the highway will be southbound only between Wade Watts Ave. and Peaceable Rd. beginning Nov. 8
Direct access to US-69 from Comanche Ave., Osage Ave. and Wade Watts Ave. will be closed beginning Nov. 8, drivers should use the frontage roads
The newly constructed US-69 on- and off-ramps at Wade Watts Ave. will be open beginning Nov. 8
Southbound US-69 is narrowed to one lane over Wade Watts Ave. just north of Comanche Ave. until further notice
 

This is the first phase of a $13 million project to reconstruct US-69 from Peaceable Rd. to north of Comanche Ave. in McAlester. In addition to the reconstruction of  US-69, this project includes:

Widening the US-69 bridges over Wade Watts Ave. and the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad;
Constructing on and off-ramps from US-69 to the frontage roads near Wade Watts Ave.;
Adding a J-turn on US-69 to the northbound frontage road between Peaceable Rd. and Kinkead Rd.;
Removing the signalized light at Peaceable Rd. and Comanche Rd. and permanently closing direct access to these roads from US-69; and
A complete overlay and re-striping of the frontage roads from Kinkead Rd. to Peaceable Rd.
This project is expected to be completed in Spring 2018. Motorists can subscribe for email updates or check for traffic advisories online at www.odot.org. The contractor can earn financial incentives for early completion of the project.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #86 on: November 07, 2017, 05:47:42 PM »

Traffic Advisories
Friday, November 3, 2017

Intersections close, frontage roads change to one lane on US-69 in McAlester

The project below is weather permitting:

Drivers can expect the following changes on US-69 in McAlester as part of an ongoing reconstruction project:

The US-69 and Peaceable Rd. intersection is permanently closed
The US-69 frontage road on the east side of the highway will be northbound only between Village Blvd. and Wade Watts Ave. beginning Nov. 8
The US-69 frontage roads on the west side of the highway will be southbound only between Wade Watts Ave. and Peaceable Rd. beginning Nov. 8
Direct access to US-69 from Comanche Ave., Osage Ave. and Wade Watts Ave. will be closed beginning Nov. 8, drivers should use the frontage roads
The newly constructed US-69 on- and off-ramps at Wade Watts Ave. will be open beginning Nov. 8
Southbound US-69 is narrowed to one lane over Wade Watts Ave. just north of Comanche Ave. until further notice
 

This is the first phase of a $13 million project to reconstruct US-69 from Peaceable Rd. to north of Comanche Ave. in McAlester. In addition to the reconstruction of  US-69, this project includes:

Widening the US-69 bridges over Wade Watts Ave. and the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad;
Constructing on and off-ramps from US-69 to the frontage roads near Wade Watts Ave.;
Adding a J-turn on US-69 to the northbound frontage road between Peaceable Rd. and Kinkead Rd.;
Removing the signalized light at Peaceable Rd. and Comanche Rd. and permanently closing direct access to these roads from US-69; and
A complete overlay and re-striping of the frontage roads from Kinkead Rd. to Peaceable Rd.
This project is expected to be completed in Spring 2018. Motorists can subscribe for email updates or check for traffic advisories online at www.odot.org. The contractor can earn financial incentives for early completion of the project.

I'll have to pass that to the Jefferson Highway folks.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #87 on: February 12, 2019, 04:54:04 PM »

Does anyone have an update regarding the US-69/75 Calera upgrade? OkDOT has said construction is to start in 2019 and I haven't a hear a peep about it for over a year now.

https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/newsroom/newsroom_article.php?id=277&article_id=23200
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #88 on: February 12, 2019, 09:13:24 PM »

Does anyone have an update regarding the US-69/75 Calera upgrade? OkDOT has said construction is to start in 2019 and I haven't a hear a peep about it for over a year now.

https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/newsroom/newsroom_article.php?id=277&article_id=23200

I'll see if I can sneak down there in the next couple days.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #89 on: February 13, 2019, 06:13:28 AM »

The only bid award announcement I've seen was last October's award of a ROW clearance contract.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #90 on: February 13, 2019, 06:23:39 AM »

The only bid award announcement I've seen was last October's award of a ROW clearance contract.
OkDOT's recent monthly commission wrap up report outlined the federal government shutdowns impact and claimed some projects were going to be delayed by up to a year. I sure hope this isn't one of those projects. It was reliant on federal funding and I'm unsure if it affects the nesting season of migratory birds. This project needed to happen yesterday, was really hoping to drive through a construction zone here during the summer.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #91 on: February 28, 2019, 06:34:13 PM »

Woo hoo!!

From the April 2019 Tentative Bid Openings:

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« Reply #92 on: February 28, 2019, 07:29:09 PM »

Good deal! This is exciting.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #93 on: February 28, 2019, 08:30:19 PM »

"From the South end of Calera up to the US-70 interchange:" thing that make you go "hmmm." Could that mean they're going to address the traffic signal at Hollis Roberts Road in front of Choctaw Casino?

I really hope they convert that intersection into a freeway exit. I think there is enough room to build a narrow profile diamond exit.
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« Reply #94 on: February 28, 2019, 09:09:13 PM »

"From the South end of Calera up to the US-70 interchange:" thing that make you go "hmmm." Could that mean they're going to address the traffic signal at Hollis Roberts Road in front of Choctaw Casino?

I really hope they convert that intersection into a freeway exit. I think there is enough room to build a narrow profile diamond exit.

The plans show a grade separated interchange.
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #95 on: March 01, 2019, 02:21:46 PM »

Another reason to bring I-45 here...
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Re: US 69 Improvements in Oklahoma
« Reply #96 on: March 01, 2019, 04:12:58 PM »

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The plans show a grade separated interchange.

Hooray!

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Another reason to bring I-45 here...

The Calera US-69/75 upgrade project will be another step in that direction. But there will still be plenty of work to do just to make it possible to sign I-45 up to the US-70 bypass in Durant.

Putting an interchange at Hollis Robert Road would take care of one big obstacle. There's at least 10 at-grade intersections crossing the US-69/75 main lanes between where the current freeway ends in Colbert and where the project in Calera will begin. Most of those at-grade intersections can be cut off by frontage roads, perhaps with a couple bridges and exits at E2140 Rd and Platter Cutoff Rd.

Then there's the issue of improving shoulders on the US-69/75 main lanes. I can't tell if the US-69 bridges at the OK-91 exit in Colbert are up to Interstate standards. Same goes for some of the entrance/exit ramps on that stretch of freeway. Meanwhile TX DOT is continuing to take care of deficiencies with US-69/75 on their side of the Red River.
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