10/9/2013 9:46:00 PM More road construction in Perkins future
Construction on the new Cimarron river bridge south of Perkins should be complete by the end of December at which time a dedication ceremony will be held. Journal photo by David Sasser
By David Sasser, Journal Publisher
If area residents aren't already accustomed to road construction in the Perkins area, they'd better get used to it.
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission at their Sept. 9 meeting awarded a $11.7 million contract to Cummins Construction Co. of Enid to complete a 2.4 mile section of SH-33 from US177 west to Western Road. The project will construct a 5-lane road with shoulders replacing two structurally deficient bridges that are on Governor Mary Fallin's structurally deficient bridge program. Work should begin within 30- 90 days.
Cummins was also awarded a nearly $16 million contract to widen and resurface 7.25 miles of US177 from SH66 north to Carney. The project should take about 15 months to complete.
The Commission also approved their 8-year Construction Work Plan this past Tuesday that includes several projects in the Perkins area.
In February 2014 the Commission will let a contract to widen and resurface 1.7 miles of SH33 east of Perkins between Union and Rose Roads. The projected cost is $3,140,000.
In 2021, two additional lanes will be added to SH33 west of Perkins between Western and Cottonwood Roads completing that section of the 4-lane divided highway. The projected cost is $7,800,000.
Also in 2021, US177 south of Perkins will be widened and resurfaced from the Lincoln/Payne county line south to SH105. Total cost for this project is estimated at $12.7 million.
Joe Echelle, ODOT Division 4 Assistant Engineer for Construction said the current Perkins area construction projects on north Main Street and south of town are on schedule.
"The Cimarron bridge and drainage projects are progressing nicely and are more than half way done," Echelle said. "Sherwood Construction will achieve an incentive if they complete any day before Feb. 22, 2014. They originally intended to finish by the end of the year, but due to the unusually wet summer their anticipated completion is late January 2014."
Echelle said the new Cimarron river bridge should be ready for traffic by the end of the year.
Echelle and Division 4 Engineer Brian Taylor will present a program at the Perkins Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday, Oct. 17, at noon. Persons interested in attending should RSVP by calling 547-2044.