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October 1, 2012

Road widening plan picking up steam

STILLWATER, Okla. — An approximately $4 million project to widen Country Club Road from State Highway to Lakeview Road is gathering steam, District 3 County Commissioner Jim Arthur said Monday.

The county and city of Stillwater are cooperating on the plan to widen Country Club Road to four lanes with curbs and gutters. It also calls for replacing a 100- to 150-foot bridge.

The state is using federal highway money to fund much of the project.

Buying rights-of-way slowed progress, Arthur said. Approximately 40 parcels of land had to be purchased. Payne County hired Universal Land Services of Tulsa to conduct the land acquistions.

The first quarter mile of the project is located within the city limits of Stillwater. The rights-of-way negotiation included buying land from Ron Shirley Buick and the On Cue Express gas/convenience store.

The state Department of Transportation determined a base price for each parcel, Arthur said. If the purchase price exceeded the state’s estimate, Universal Land Services would negotiate the best price possible.

“We hired them because there was so many to do,” Arthur said.

The county had two options if the negotiated price was too high — go to court or use money from the county’s road and bridge fund to pay the difference between the negotiated price and state estimate, Arthur said.

All the rights-of-way have been purchased, he said.

The project is miles away from the start of construction.

Relocating utilities is the next step, Arthur said.

Gas, water and sewer pipelines as well as electricity transmission lines must be moved from the wider roads path.

“That’s where we are headed now,” Arthur said. “I hope we will be done in a couple of years,” he said.

Country Club Road might eventually be part of a loop around Stillwater, Arthur said. If Country Club Road is widened to four lanes to McMurtry Road and McMurtry Road widened to four lanes to State Highway 177, the loop would be completed. It would reduce traffic on West Sixth Avenue.

“It certainly would be nice,” he said.

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