Thursday, June 9, 2016

County to Get Message Board, Cameras on I-40

Sequoyah County will soon be getting a message board to welcome travelers to Oklahoma and pass on information about their chosen route, Interstate 40.

They will resemble those recently installed in Tulsa in the accompanying photo.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $3.7 million contract for seven message boards and traffic cameras to be installed at seven Port of Entry locations on major Oklahoma road crossings. One of those is on Interstate 40 at the Oklahoma-Arkansas state line on Sequoyah County’s east end.

Cody Boyd, ODOT spokesman, said the double-sided message board will display traffic and road condition information, weather and Amber Alerts, and any other information important to travelers.

“It is a good tool for all travelers,” he said.

The equipment costs several thousands, Boyd said, and the board and cameras should be installed within the next six months.

ODOT Commissioners also approved a $2,947,508 contract with Treas Construction Inc. of Coalgate for county road EW112, one-tenth of a mile south of U.S. Highway 64, extending to the southeast, near Muldrow. The contract will be to grade, drain and surface about 3.99 miles of the road and work on a bridge.

ODOT Commissioners noted that cutbacks in the state’s budget may delay some projects, but Boyd said the cutbacks will most likely not impact the plans in ODOT’s eight-year plan, which includes the widening of U.S. Highway 59 on Sallisaw’s north side.

Boyd said, “If the project is in the plan it will continue, although some of those projects could be delayed. We don’t know yet. We should know in the fall.”

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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