Highway 70 Bypass

A proposed highway bypass for one Texoma town is one step closer to reality. Just this week the state of Oklahoma hired a contractor to design a highway 70 bypass that would make the highway run south of Durant instead of right through downtown.

The proposed stretch of highway would run along the city limits of Calera through Durant's new industrial area. But some business owners, in downtown Durant are afraid they'll lose business because of fewer people passing through town.

But city leaders say it will be a good thing by reducing some of the bigger truck traffic. Either way, the state of Oklahoma just approved a grant to start the project. An exact map of the new bypass has not been made but officials hope to have it all ready to break ground by this summer.