Millions in federal grant money will improve a Texoma highway

Published: Jun. 15, 2017 at 6:53 PM CDT
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CALERA, Okla. (KXII) -- "Definitely needed, we're for it, we're for it," says Calera locals Richard and Darlene Laubhan.

These locals say it's time the main highway from Calera to Durant gets an upgrade.

"We moved here in '84, 1984, there was hardly any traffic at all and now the last few years it's just ridiculous how many cars are on the road," the Laubhans said.

The project got $62 million from the federal government. The idea is to transform this section of road to something just like an interstate highway, adding over overpasses in Calera for east to west traffic.

This map shows where the four mile long project will take place.

It starts right before the first traffic signal light in Calera on Highway 69 and will end before the U.S. Highway 70 bypass near Choctaw Casino.

"It's just continuous accidents, we had one real bad one last year involving 18 wheelers, and it's just everyday," the Laubhans said.

In fact this area is no stranger to wrecks, like this one in April when a semi crashed into a car and sent one woman to the hospital.

In October, this wreck sent one man to the hospital.

In August 2013, A 13 year-old girl and her mom were killed after a pick up slammed into their car, wrapping it around a pole.

And just a few weeks ago, a pedestrian was killed trying to cross the highway.

"The stop and start is what the problem is," the Laubhans said. "With all these big trucks they have a problem."

Construction is planned to start in 2019.