Durant hosts public hearing on U.S. 69/75 exit ramp project

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

DURANT, OK-- If you're headed south on Highway 69-75 towards Durant, you either have to take the Washington exit or the Main Street exit. There is no current exit for University Boulevard, but that's about to change.

Officials in Durant said the city is growing fast in that part of town and the new ramp will help keep things moving.

Monday's public meeting, was one of many steps, that's part of the process before construction can even start. Durant residents were encouraged to voice their concerns or opinions about the new exit ramp.

Mayor Jerry Tomlinson says the city is excited for the development. For the past decade, Durant has grown and this exit ramp will help keep it rolling.

"People just don't just stop because they see an exit. But it let's people know they are in a developed area. What can you go do here? Durant, they start looking into it and at least you get them interested," Cassidy Doescher, a roadway design engineer, said.

"We have a lot of activity going on with our economic development and Durant Industrial Authority. So we stay excited and we stay busy," Durant Mayor Jerry Tomlinson said.

The planning phase is about 75% complete. ODOT hopes to begin construction in May.

They say the project is scheduled to take around a year.

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