Preparing for the future

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DURANT -- Many drivers in Durant are anxiously awaiting the new Highway 70 bypass. It’s purpose is to relieve traffic through downtown.

Before city leaders can start construction they say they have some loose ends.

Durant, Like most of Texoma, is growing at a fast pace and so is the traffic in the area. City leaders are working to make sure the roads and drivers are ready before they start construction on the highway 70 bypass.

Earlier this week the economic development council requested letters of support from each member encouraging the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to provide effective routing of traffic along the proposed highway 70 bypass.

They focused on the Clover Leaf intersection just north of Choctaw Rd. City officials said the current design offers very limited access at that interchange. If they leave it the way it is right now, it will hinder any future retail development in a growing part of the city.

Just this week Icon Manufacturing began operating out of its new location just east of the intersection, and more development is on the way.

Officials are starting to prepare now.

"We want to make sure everyone is one the same page so there is not a hindrance there," said Tommy Kramer, with Durant Economic Development.

A recent study shows more jobs were created in Bryan County than any other Oklahoma county officials say that's just one more reason to start getting ready for construction now.

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