Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

July 18, 2013

Hwy. 266 expansion stops short

CLAREMORE —

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation hosted a public meeting Tuesday to receive public comments and answer questions about the four-lane expansion of State Highway 266.
Several members of the property development community voiced their concerns that the project is not inclusive enough to address traffic concerns.
The first phase of the project will include right-of-way work and ODOT officials report that both of the existing lanes will remain open during the construction phase.
The roadway will be expanded in the next four years to include four driving lanes, 12-feet wide each, a center lane of 16-feet and shoulders 10-feet wide on both sides of the road.
Three existing bridge structures, two span bridges and a box structure will be impacted by the construction.
The roadway will only be expanded at this time to include the railroad crossing just east of 145th East Avenue.
Intersection improvements for 129th East Avenue and 145th East  Avenue will be included in the project.
The railroad crossing will also be widened to meet the railroad requirements and ODOT will be working with the railroad on the improvements, Division 8 Director Randall White said.
The project does not include continuous four-lane expansion from State Highway 169 to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
ODOT is unable to secure funding and environmental clearance to continue the project throughout the area at this time, according to officials.
Approximately, 10,000 vehicles travel the roadway daily.
ODOT officials said that the existing condition of the roadway and traffic safety concerns warranted their attention.
With traffic flow expected to increase to about 16,000 a day by 2035, the department opted to make the project a priority, according to officials.
Public comments at the meeting were limited. 
However, local landowners, developers and Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm voiced their concerns.
The project does not include the future expansion of 177th East Avenue that currently dead ends at the Patriot Golf Course in Stone Canyon.

Text Only
State/Nation
  • Perry: Texas plans to send 1,000 guardsmen to border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border, a local lawmaker confirmed Monday.

    July 21, 2014

  • NASA renames building for Neil Armstrong

    NASA has honored one of its most famous astronauts by renaming a key building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    July 21, 2014

  • New arrivals worry some in the Oklahoma panhandle

    A family who says they were excommunicated from Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect has moved to a small city located in the Oklahoma Panhandle, raising concerns among some residents.

    July 20, 2014

  • Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on the moon

    Now's the time to get moonstruck.

    Forty-five years ago Sunday, Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on another world. Armstrong's "one small step ... one giant leap" on the dusty lunar surface July 20, 1969, still stirs hearts.

    July 20, 2014

  • US outlines case against Russia on downed plane

    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

    July 20, 2014

  • Oklahoma Capitol renovation project previewed

    State officials have previewed preliminary plans for renovating the century-old Oklahoma State Capitol amid a display of artifacts from groundbreaking ceremonies for the structure.

    July 17, 2014

  • House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

    The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.

    One provision provides tax breaks to people over 70 who make donations from their individual retirement accounts. Another reduces excise taxes on private charitable foundations.

    July 17, 2014

  • Should online accounts die when you die?

    Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?

    July 17, 2014

  • Obama, Putin discuss Malaysia Plane incident

    The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have discussed the Malaysia Airlines plane incident over eastern Ukraine.

    July 17, 2014

  • Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs

    Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its workforce as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

    July 17, 2014