Sunday, October 18, 2020

Old Highway 17 and Marble City Set to Get Road Improvements

Marble City residents and others who travel on Old Highway 17 north of Sallisaw will soon get a new $3.3 million road as Phase II of a “long-awaited” road project begins, Sequoyah County Dist. 2 Commissioner Steve Carter announced.

The project was one of several awarded by the State Highway Transportation Commission, according to Chris Wallace, an ODOT engineer for District 1.

The contract, which was awarded to Ross Construction of Muskogee, will begin with a passing lane at the four-way intersection in Marble City leading to the top of the hill to allow vehicles to go around the large trucks, which tend to slow down traffic at times, Wallace said.

Carter said that this project has been in the works for years and he and his staff have “worked hard” to keep the project ongoing. “We started with a plan just to widen the shoulders of the road,” he said, but after that plan got underway, it was decided that several bridge projects had to be completed to build a better road for folks in that area before the major road project could begin.

Carter said “I’m really tickled” that this project is getting underway. “I predict the project will take about 200 days to complete,” then Phase III work will begin on a new bridge on Taylor Drive near Sallisaw, he said.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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