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ODOT begins new project on Highway 169

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/03 5:25 pm Published: 2/03 4:49 pm

A major highway project started Monday in spite of the snow and cold temperatures.

It’s the bridge replacement project on State Highway 266 over Highway 169.

It’s a massive project planned for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation that will take more than a year.

ODOT is warning drivers to prepare for a delay and they told FOX23 they will be making adjustments.

Randy Schmitz works just off the exit at State Highway 266 and Highway 169.

“Progress always is desired by everyone but comes at a price," he said.

A $9 million project will create major delays for Schmitz and other drivers.

“(I) have to plan an extra 10 or 15 minutes just to get to and from work," he said.

The bridge replacement and interchange reconfiguration will take a little more than a year.

Schmitz said in spite of the headaches for drivers, he welcomes the improvements.

“Obviously more and more development is going to be occurring in this area so infrastructure needs are definitely in order," he said.

His company, Clear Edge Filtration, moved into the area last May.

ODOT said it's one of their busiest corridors.

Lane closures started Monday and will continue for months.

“The good news is it's happening, the bad news is you've got to live through it if you're already out here," he said.

ODOT is asking drivers to be patient and plan ahead for the delays.

Crews told FOX23 they will start stripping top soil this week. And on Feb. 14, they will tear down the first of two bridges.

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