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October 10, 2012

2-1 vote ends 86th St. extension

Thacker, DeLozier oppose Helm’s road proposal

CLAREMORE — Rogers County Commissioner Kirt Thacker once again brought forth the Keetonville Road realignment issue Tuesday striking down a plan to connect with 86th Street North.

“I am going to just say it, this is not a good plan and it is not good for Rogers County,” Thacker said.
Thacker and fellow commissioner Dan DeLozier voted against the proposal, which   was one of six projects that have been floated since the 2008 failure of Keetonville Road. 
District 2 Commissioner Mike Helm had proposed 86th Street North be extended and a bridge be built over the Verdigris River.
The project to connect to 86th Street North is projected to cost $6.12 million.
After much discussion, Thacker and DeLozier determined that the only alternative route that could be supported would be the 76th Street option B alignment.
The option would cost approximately $7.8 million, based on a 2009 estimate. “Obviously there are no easy answers on this, but if you received that much FEMA money and the goal is to get the poor school children out of here, then this is the only option that makes since,” Thacker said.
Thacker and DeLozier discussed the 76th Street option B that would be inline with the original roadway. The option would give people access back to the Port of Catoosa without traveling toward Owasso, according to Thacker.
Engineer Brian Kellogg spoke to the commissioners, providing an overview of the project history and the issues that were faced along the way.
“I would love the 76th Street alignment,” Kellogg said. “It is three million short on our funds.”
Kellogg expressed his concern for the existing roadway and explained why he felt the road was never fixed.
“I visited with the geotech guy [Bolongia] just a few days ago,” Kellogg said. “With as dry as it had been and with the next big rain or if the river rises it [the failure zone] is going to take on water. I wouldn’t be surprised if the thing takes on water like we never seen before.”

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