New lanes open on Keetonville Hill between Owasso and Claremore

ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. — After more than a year of construction, drivers were able to hit some new roads on Keetonville Hill between Owasso and Claremore, Thursday just after noon.

The four mile new section of State Highway 20 was designed with safety in mind, eliminating some dangerous curves. Getting the stretch of road straight meant going right through Keetonville Hill though.

ODOT Spokesperson TJ Gerlach tells FOX23 they used dynamite to blast through the hill, eliminating the twists and turns of the older road.

The project, which began in March 2021, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The new section of roadway will eventually be built out to accommodate four lanes of traffic.

Gerlach says so far, the $44 million dollar project is on time and on budget. At least $36.8 million had been spent at the beginning of August.

Remaining work includes connecting side roads and tying in the very east and west ends of the project.

Gerlach says the old road will be turned over to Rogers County. The construction project also includes a new bridge built over the Verdigris River to accommodate the four lanes of traffic that will be completed by the end of the year.