Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
A couple of projects in Garvin County are among the road and bridge projects given the OK during a recent meeting of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission.
One approved project is for bridge rehabilitation over the Washita River on state Highway 17A just south of Wynnewood and east of Interstate 35.
A contract of just over $2.9 million was awarded to Manhattan Road and Bridge Company of Tulsa.
A total of 150 days have been allotted for the project.
The second project here involves bridge painting at multiple locations throughout Garvin County and the region.
A contract of nearly $613,000 was awarded to V.H.P. Enterprises, Inc. of Tarpon Springs, Fla. It includes 120 days allotted for the project.
Bridges over Interstate 35 and state Highway 76 are involved in this county.
In all, commissioners awarded 46 contracts totaling $79 million to improve highways, interstates and roads in 24 counties.
Contracts were awarded for projects in Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Garfield, Garvin, Haskell, Kiowa, McIntosh, Noble, Nowata, Oklahoma, Pawnee, Pontotoc, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Washington, Washita and Woodward counties.
Additionally, commissioners approved a nearly $12 million project to resurface a portion of U.S. Highway 412 in Woodward County and a $12 million highway and bridge widening project on state Highway 100 near Gore in Sequoyah County.
Another highlight of the meeting was the completion of a historic agreement between the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad Company to transfer a crucial rail corridor to Union Pacific after 30 years of state ownership.
Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley joined Tony Love, Union Pacific assistant vice president- real estate, to sign an agreement finalizing the transfer of 351 miles of rail line to Union Pacific.
The rail corridor was purchased by the state following the bankruptcy of Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company in 1982.
The state’s purchase of the railroad preserved the crucial rail corridor that links Enid, El Reno, Oklahoma City, Chickasha, Duncan and Lawton until it could be returned to the private sector.
Union Pacific recently paid its final installment on the $35 million owed for the rail line.