US-69/75 "Commerce Connection" near Durant, Bryan County
A project to improve safety and efficiency for the significant amount of traffic on the US-69/75 corridor by improving about 4 miles of existing highway from Chickasaw Rd. in Calera to US-70 in Durant is made possible by a $62 million FASTLANE grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2016. This segment has numerous access points, including three signalized intersections and a rail crossing, which creates traffic congestion and serious safety concerns. This grant will fund projects to upgrade US-69/75 to a controlled-access highway with frontage roads, as well as improvements to rail crossings.
Conceptual rendering of future Main St. at US-69/75 in Calera.
About the project:
- Extends four miles along US-69/75 from US-70 in Durant south to Chickasaw Rd. in Calera.
- This project was part of a federal FASTLANE grant to upgrade US-69/75 to a improve accessibility on and off the highway, protect key interchanges, create one-way frontage roads and add a much needed rail crossing to the four lanes of traffic, all to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety
- Awarded to Duit Construction in August 2019 for more than $150 million with a significant $62 million coming from federal FASTLANE grant (received in 2016).
- One of the highest amounts of federally awarded grants in the department's history.
- Construction crews began moving into the area in October 2019 with minor lane closures since; major lane closures/construction are expected periodically and sometimes overnight.
- Maintaining two lanes of traffic while under construction, some temporary closures can be expected.
- Average daily traffic in 2017 for US-69/75 at the US-70 junction was 30,000.
US-69/75 looking north to Durant in Bryan County, July 2020.
The current design for the project can be viewed here.
Click here to read the press release from August 2019
To view the entire Aug. 5, 2019, commission meeting when this project was awarded, click here
To view the Aug. 5, 2019, interview with Division Two Engineer Anthony Echelle, click here
To view the Aug. 5, 2019, interview with Secretary of Transportation and Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director Tim Gatz, click here.
The full FASTLANE grant application can be viewed here.
Last Modified on 09/29/2020
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