By Conrad Dudderar
Things are looking up for Yukon’s future highway interchange.
Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar reported this week that the interchange under construction at Frisco Road and Interstate 40 is due to be completed in August and is “ahead of schedule.”
New lanes have been installed on Frisco Road and progress is noticeable on the bridge span over I-40. Vice-Mayor Rick Cacini, a pilot, shared his latest aerial photos this week of the interchange work.
Sherwood Construction of Tulsa began construction in September 2020 and the contractor was allotted 360 days to finish, according to Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) spokeswoman Lisa Shearer-Salim.
In summer 2020, Sherwood was awarded a $14,061,010.28 contract – some $2.7 million below the engineer’s estimate.
ODOT funding covers 65% and the City of Yukon’s local share is $35% of the project cost.
Yukon city leaders expect the opening of the new I-40 interchange will spur economic development along the Frisco Road commercial corridor. They envision new restaurants, hotels and other retailers adding to the city’s sales tax base.
The average daily traffic count is almost 46,000 along I-40 near the site of the future Frisco Road interchange (at mile marker 135).
Besides alleviating traffic congestion at the Garth Brooks Boulevard and North Cimarron Road interchanges, the new Frisco Road interchange will provide additional access to INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital.
OTHER CAPITAL PROJECT UPDATES
In a May 18th report to the Yukon City Council, Kretchmar provided updates on several other capital improvement projects:
- Garth Brooks Trail: Construction starts this summer on a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail/sidewalk project on the east side of Garth Brooks Boulevard between Main Street and Vandament. Total estimated project cost is $889,518.89; the City of Yukon was awarded a $515,960 federal grant.
- State Highway 4 (phase one): This $16.1 million state transportation project, featuring a wider bridge and roadway with shoulders between Wilshire and Wagner Road, is substantially complete. There will be a ribbon cutting June 1. “It is wonderful,” Mayor Shelli Selby said. “It is so safe.”
- State Highway 4 (phase two): Water and sewer line relocation is underway for the next phase from Main Street (SH-66) to Wagner. Wagner Road will be closed, possibly next week, for utility line work. All utilities must be moved by July. ODOT will solicit contractor bids this November with construction in 2022.