By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Rights-of-ways have been cleared and utility relocation is moving along on the Country Club Road widening project from West Sixth Avenue to Lakeview Road, District 3 County Commissioner Jim Arthur said Monday.
In March, Payne County hired engineering firm of Mehlburger Brawley of Tulsa to manage and verify utility relocation. County Commission District 3 has paid $15,000 to the Tulsa engineering firm. Commissioners started the reimbursement process with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Monday. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is using federal highway money to fund much of the project.
“It cost $15,000 for the utilities. It’s the layout and engineering plan for where to place the utilities,” Arthur said. “We paid it initially and they (ODOT) will reimburse us.”
Stillwater and Payne County are working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to widen Country Club Road to four lanes with curbs and gutters. The project’s estimated cost is $4 million.
The first quarter mile of the project lies within the city limits. The remainder falls in County Commission District 3. Arthur and Stillwater Transportation Department Manager Jason Peek said street construction will be bid as one project — not separate projects — to save money.
Utility relocation could take six to nine months.
Electricity, natural gas, water and sewer lines from various entities will have to be relocated, Peek said.
Once utilities are moved, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will seek bids and a construction contract for the road-widening project will be awarded.
Payne County will be responsible for the cost and construction of the bridge of Stillwater
“It’s going to be quite a project before it’s all done,” Arthur said.