By Conrad Dudderar
Construction is expected to begin in late spring on phase two of the State Highway 4 project in Yukon.
An Oklahoma Department of Transportation contractor will be selected for the 1.5-mile project to widen SH-4 to four lanes between SH-66 to just north of Wagner Road. Turn lanes will be added at the Wagner Road intersection.
Estimated cost for phase two is nearly $13 million, to be paid with an even split of federal and state funds.
“Projects like this one happen due to great partnerships,” ODOT spokeswoman Lisa Shearer-Salim said. “The City of Yukon has diligently worked with ODOT to bring this work forward.”
ODOT will open bids from contractors at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17, 2022. Construction bidding has been pushed back three months.
“Final review of the plans occurred in late summer and the letting date is now February 2022 to give engineers a little more time to finalize the design plans for bidding,” Shearer-Salim noted.
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is due to consider awarding the project at its March meeting.
“Once awarded, contractors typically mobilize within 60 days, but there are some exceptions due to weather and contractor scheduling,” Shearer-Salim explained. “This project is expected to begin construction in late spring and take nearly a year to complete.
“We ask that motorists drive SH-4 with their patience ‘at the ready’ as they can expect delays and slowdowns once work begins.”
Drivers will be encouraged to plan “extra time” in this area during the estimated 12-month construction.
City of Yukon contractors recently completed utility relocation for phase two of the SH-4 project.
Sanitary sewer line relocations cost $1,251,264.30 and water line relocations totaled $535,952.
The City of Yukon paid for right-of-way acquisition and the utility relocation.
Highway 4 is being rebuilt and widened in three phases, the first two in Yukon city limits.
ODOT contractor Manhattan Road & Bridge this spring finished the $13.1 million first phase of the SH-4 project, between Wilshire and Wagner Road. This featured a new “super two-lane” road with wide shoulders and a new bridge.
A third phase of Highway 4 construction, from Wilshire to N.W. Expressway (SH-3), is on ODOT’s 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 limits.
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.