The Duncan Banner

December 26, 2012

Stephens County roads, bridges on tap for $76.3 million in improvements


The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Over the next eight years, $76.3 million dollars is being poured into Stephens County roads and bridges, with the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors behind the labor intensive efforts.

With the holiday season comes more traffic on the roads and AOGC’s concern is keeping the bridges and roads safe.

As the holiday season approaches and Oklahomans begin traveling statewide, the condition of roads and bridges continues to be a major concern.

Bobby Stem, executive director of AOGC is working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and its Eight-Year Construction Work Plan to improve State and U.S. highways, and Interstates through 2020. It is AOGC’s focus to bring together contractors, elected officials and state leaders to continue improving Oklahoma’s roads and bridges.  

“This Eight-Year Construction Work Plan will be valuable in developing Oklahoma’s roads and bridges,” said Stem. “My hope is these roads and bridges will help grow our already prosperous state. These highways belong to and serve Oklahomans and benefit future generations in all 77 counties.”

The long-term plan covers projects in all of Oklahoma’s counties and in Stephens County, there are a combined 39 projects with a total projected cost of $76.3 million. Extensive work is anticipated to be done on roads and bridges on U.S. Highway 81 and State Highways 29 and 53.

The transformation that these projects bring will almost immediately increase job growth and aid in economic development, noted Stem.