Oklahoma DOT to build state’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange in Elk City
Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s Monday, March 4 meeting include Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson’s final report to the commission before retirement, introduction of a new Chief Engineer and presentation of an award for anti-litter efforts. The commission approved grant funding for pedestrian and bicycle transportation projects in small communities and awarded contracts for major projects on I-40 in Beckham County, US-75 in Tulsa County, SH-37 in McClain County and US-54 in Texas County.
Commissioners awarded a contract for construction of the state’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-40 and SH-6 in Elk City. This unique interchange design has been used in several states with positive results, including safer, less congested intersections and a reduction in wrong-way collisions. A video detailing how drivers will navigate this new interchange once constructed can be viewed at www.odot.org under What’s New and then Major Projects. The $28.6 million contract also includes I-40 Business reconstruction in Sayre.
The commission approved $7.5 million in federal funding for 21 Transportation Alternatives Program projects in small communities with less than 5,000 in population. These are very popular and competitive grants that help cities...
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