Claremore Daily Progress

December 14, 2012

J.M. Davis construction set

Salesha Wilken
Staff Writer

CLAREMORE — The city of Claremore is moving forward with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation on the J.M. Davis widening project.

The city council recently approved measures to execute the “right of way, public utility and encroachment agreement” that will move the project forward.

“This was a project that started six years ago and we are finally getting ready for construction,” said Chris Cochran, city engineer.

Part of the improvements to the roadway will include the addition of an extra lane at Will Rogers Boulevard and new crossing arms added to the railroad crossing on Archer Street, according to Cochran.

The project will widen J.M. Davis to 1st Street and three lanes matching the northern section.

The intersection with Highway 66 will be improved with dual northbound left turns on to J.M. Davis/Archer Street.

Additionally, new storm sewer drains will be run the entire length of the project.

The estimated cost for the project will be $1.94 million. A Surface Transportation Program grant will fund 75 percent of the total cost, leaving approximately $451,427 to be paid from city funds.

The city's portion will come from recently appropriated railroad funds, according to Cochran.

“The project will start in the next six months and bids are scheduled to start in January,” said Cochran.

The city will be assisting ODOT during the construction by assisting with detours and keeping the right of way free from future encroachments.

Utility crews have been working on the project for the past several weeks in preparation for the new construction.