By Conrad Dudderar
With the first phase of State Highway 4 construction done, Yukon city and staff officials prepare for phase two.
And phase three – in Oklahoma City limits – will feature a major upgrade at a dangerous intersection where several people have been killed.
Two Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) projects are changing the state roadway landscape in the City of Yukon. The other is a new Interstate 40 interchange at Frisco Road, due to open in August (see related story).
SH-4 is being rebuilt as a “super two-lane” – with new shoulders, bridges and intersections – in three phases. The first two phases are in Yukon city limits.
Contractor Manhattan Road & Bridge recently finished the $13.1 million first phase of the SH-4 project, between Wilshire and Wagner Road.
Utility relocation is well underway on the second phase, covering 1-1/2 miles from Main Street (SH-66) north to Wagner Road.
“It is an estimated $13 million reconstruction and widening project,” ODOT spokeswoman Lisa Shearer-Salim said.
In February 2022, ODOT will solicit bids from contractors for phase two. Construction will start after the contract is awarded.
The City of Yukon is responsible for a portion of phase two right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation costs.
BRITTON ROAD TURN LANES
A third phase of Highway 4 construction, from Wilshire to N.W. Expressway (SH-3) is on the 2023 construction schedule. Estimated cost is $11.5 million.
ODOT is partnering with the City of Oklahoma City since this section of SH-4 is in Oklahoma City’s jurisdiction.
Plans call for new left-turn lanes at the SH-4/Britton Road intersection and left-turn bays on eastbound and westbound Britton Road. This intersection was the site of two fatality traffic collisions in recent years.
“With the traffic volume growth through that area, adding those turn bays will definitely increase safety,” Shearer-Salim said.
“Improving the alignment, the turn bays and adding the shoulders – where you have room to recover in case of emergency – are hugely significant in improving safety.”
Yukon Public Schools in fall 2020 opened Redstone Intermediate School just east of SH-4 at Britton and Mustang roads.