Claremore Daily Progress

July 12, 2013

ODOT meeting seeks input on Hwy 266 work

Salesha Wilken
Staff Writer


The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to discuss improvements to US Highway 266 near the Tulsa Port of Catoosa at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the ODOT Division 8 Headquarters located at 4002 N. Mingo Valley Expressway.  
ODOT, with the Federal Highway Administration, is proposing improvements to the existing highway that is currently two lanes and the primary truck route to the Port of Catoosa.
The route has higher than normal commuter traffic, according to ODOT officials.
The area also contains segments with numerous turning movements and has been contributed to a substantial accident history, according to ODOT.
Commuters commonly complain about the safety of large commercial trucks entering onto the roadway during peak hours.
The project on South Highway 266 will begin at US Highway 169 and end at the existing four-lane divided roadway section, according to ODOT officials.
The improvements will include approximately 2.5 miles of roadway and the intersections of 145th E. Ave., 129th E. Ave. and two bridges on Bird Creek.
The existing roadway will be widened to the south to create two additional driving lanes and a center turn lane, according to ODOT officials.
If visitors to the meeting require special accommodations, they can contact Frank Roesler at (405) 521-2350 for assistance.
Requests for assistance are asked to be made a minimum of three days prior to the meeting.
For more information about the project, contact Jennifer Koscelny with Able Consulting at (918) 272-4282.
The meeting is open to the public and those wishing to attend should use the US Highway 169 west frontage road between 36th and 46th Street North to access the office.