By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Contractors have until 10:30 a.m. Thursday to submit their proposals to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to build the estimated $17 million Interstate 40/Frisco Road interchange.
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission, at its regular meeting that day, will accept bids for the “grade, drain, surface, and bridge” project as the start of construction looms.
The anticipated contract award is set for the July 6 Oklahoma Transportation Commission meeting.
A new I-40 interchange will be constructed at Frisco Road (mile marker 135), one mile west of Garth Brooks Boulevard. The state project is in partnership with the City of Yukon and the Federal Highway Administration, which must approve new interstate access.
Estimated total construction cost is $17 million with ODOT funding 65 percent and Yukon funding 35 percent.
The City of Yukon is reconstructing Frisco Road to a four-lane roadway from I-40 north of SH-66 to accommodate economic development along the corridor.
“Adding an I-40 interchange at Frisco Road will help alleviate traffic congestion at the Garth Brooks Boulevard interchange and the North Cimarron Road interchange,” ODOT spokeswoman Lisa Shearer-Salim said. “The project also will improve safety by providing additional access to the nearby hospital (Integris Canadian Valley) and commercial development.”
City of Yukon officials expect considerable development along Frisco Road as construction proceeds on the new interchange. They envision hotels, restaurants and other sales tax-generating retailers to build along Frisco Road in Yukon city limits.
“This is a great moment for our City,” Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby said. “With Oklahoma City encroaching all around us and taking some of our tax dollars, this area is needed more than ever.
“I am ready to get this project going and bringing in some much-needed revenue.”
Right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation are complete as the construction project awaits the contract award.
Nearly 46,000 is the average traffic count along I-40 near the site of the future interchange, according to Shearer-Salim.