PUBLIC MEETING for SH-20 in Rogers County, OK
This PUBLIC MEETING was held at the Claremore Conference Center in Claremore on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017.
PUBLIC MEETING SUMMARY AND RESPONSES TO COMMENTS
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ODOT Environmental Programs Division
OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
200 N.E. 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3204
Purpose of the Meeting:
The purpose of this meeting is to present the proposed improvements for the segment of SH-20 from Franklin Road to Claremore, and get public input to aid the Department in moving forward with the completion of the detailed environmental studies to update the environmental review and project approval, design and construction.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is re-evaluating the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the realignment of SH-20 between NW Franklin Road (NS-411) and SH-66 in Claremore in Rogers County. An EA for a 24-mile corridor of SH-20 from the US-75 junction west of Collinsville in Tulsa County east to Claremore in Rogers County was completed by ODOT in 2000. The EA resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from FHWA. This project’s original scope was to improve the highway to a 4-lane divided highway in rural areas and a 4-lane undivided urban highway in Collinsville and a 4-lane divided highway with full access control around Claremore. Due to changes in the land use and traffic, and to minimize right-of way acquisition, the segments of SH-20 from Collinsville to Franklin Road have been designed or constructed as a 5-lane highway with 2 through lanes in each direction and a center turn lane. The purpose of the project is to improve safety and mobility of the traffic on SH-20. ODOT has tasked a consultant to look at alternatives for improving the originally proposed alignment taking into consideration construction costs, right-of-way and utility costs and current environmental constraints.
The proposed improvements include constructing a five-lane curb and gutter section, including two 12-foot wide inside lanes, two 14-foot wide outside lanes with curb and gutter and a 14-foot-wide center turn lane on the new alignment as approved in the original EA. The existing SH-20 through town will be left in place as local road to provide access to properties. The modified alignment of SH-20 will cross over SH-66 and the railroad near the King/Flint Road intersection. SH-20 will follow SH-66 via King Road to downtown Claremore, where it will meet the existing SH-20. Improvements will be made to the SH-66/King Road intersection to improve traffic operations. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) is proposing to construct a new interchange on the Will Rogers Turnpike (I-44) just east of SH-20 near Flint Road as a separate project.
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