Highway construction

Cars drive along U.S. 177 on Sunday evening. The highway south of Stillwater has been widened to five lanes, though work remains on the final mile stretch.

Mika Matzen
Stillwater NewsPress

The countdown to the completion of reconstruction to U.S. Highway 177 is just a few months away, said Casey Shell, division engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Division 4 out of Perry.

The reconstruction should be completed by the end of the summer, Shell said.

Still left is the surfacing of the last portion of the highway and the installation of the lights at the intersection of Highway 33, which should be completed in the next two weeks, Shell said.

The reconstruction covers 6.5 miles between Stillwater and Perkins and will widen the highway from two lanes to five lanes, including a center turn lane.

Cummins Construction of Enid has the $9, 941,373 contract for the project that begins at Highway 33 and continues north on U.S. 177 to 32nd St. All that is left of the project is about a half a mile.

Other smaller projects that need to be completed are putting the permanent landscaping in place and watering it for 30 days, Shell said.

Another change that has occurred during the reconstruction is the speed limit.

Shell said he requested the speed limit be increased to 55 mph in the areas where the reconstruction has been completed. The speed limit is still 45 mph where there is still construction.

Shell said although there may be a few drivers who speed through the construction zone, most drivers have been cautious.

“I think people have done a good job respecting the speed limit,” he said.

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