The Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently updated a corridor study along US-81 from north of Chickasha to south of Union City. The department is inviting the public to view and provide input on the needs and priorities for this 20-mile stretch of the US-81 corridor in Grady County.
The study area looks at seven intersections along the two-lane highway including US-81 and SH-152/SH-37 and US-81 at SH-37/Main St. in Minco. and considers several solutions based on site conditions at each location. These proposed initiatives ranging from $500,000 to $5 million in potential cost are smaller, interim projects to improve highway operations and safety until traffic volumes warrant a four-lane, divided highway. Possible improvements include improved signing and striping options, passing lanes, traffic signals, a roundabout and a Green T intersection, which allows one lane of traffic to proceed without stopping. The study also looks at the possible use of traffic warning devices along the corridor such as rumble strips, lighting and advance warning systems and signage, among other proposals.
US-81 Virtual Stakeholder Open House
Available online through Monday, Oct. 12
Members of the public can visit www.odot.org/US81Grady to view a presentation, video and other materials about the proposal and submit comments through Oct. 12. Due to COVID-19 precautions, this presentation will be a web-based public viewing format with no in-person meetings scheduled. Those without internet access may contact the ODOT Environmental Programs Division at 200 N.E. 21st St., Ste. 3-D2a, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 or by calling 580-255-7586 and leave a detailed message. The best way to leave a comment is to use the Submit a Comment page in the online presentation or email comments to email@example.com.
While there are no projects scheduled at this time in the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan, the presentation presents multiple options for improvements at several locations to be considered for public comment. The department is seeking comments relative to all social, economic and environmental effects of these proposed interim solutions to help fully develop an improvement plan for the US-81 corridor between north of Chickasha and south of Union City.