By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
PERKINS — Motorists who use U.S. Highway 177 in Perkins soon will be shifting to temporary pavement as the Oklahoma Highway Department completes bridge construction and stormwater management and starts widening the highway.
The 4.5-mile, $20 million project will widen U.S. 177 to four lanes from State Highway 33 to the Lincoln County line, Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman Cole Hackett said. The state agency awarded the project contract to Sherwood Construction, which started work in March.
A stormwater drainage basin was built on the western corner of the U.S. 177 and S.H. 33 intersection, and drain pipes were installed under First Street to move the water from the basin to a canal that eventually flows into the Cimarron River, Hackett said.
“All the new stormwater drainage is in place now,” he said. “We are moving on to the roadway.”
The highway department is replacing bridges across Dugout Creek and the Cimarron River.
The bridge over Dugout Creek is nearly finished. The Cimarron River bridge construction is near the halfway point, Hackett said. Sherwood Construction is starting road surface work on the Cimarron Bridge.
Sherwood Construction is building sections of temporary pavement. Traffic will be shifted to those sections while the new lanes are built, Hackett said.
Motorists need to be aware that traffic patterns on U.S. 177 will be changing fairly consistently as roadwork progresses, he said.
“It’s kind of an ever-changing area. As soon as they finish one section, they will shift traffic and work on other sections,” he said. “Motorists just need to be aware that what they drive through today may be a little different the next day.”
The project is on schedule to be completed next summer, Hackett said.