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US-62 in Tahlequah, Cherokee County, OK

Open House

Environmental Study Footprint

Where When
Briggs Elementary School Cafeteria
17210 S. 569 Road
Tahlequah, OK 7446
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Open House format                               
5:00PM to 7:00 PM


Should you have any questions regarding this project, please email, or call 405-325-3269 and leave a detailed message.


The purpose of the Open House was to inform the public and solicit input regarding the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's (ODOT) proposed improvements to US-62 through Briggs in Cherokee County, OK

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is planning safety improvements to this portion of US-62 through Briggs, OK. This section of US-62 has steep side slopes, poor sight distances at an intersection, a narrow width, and no shoulders. These factors contribute to a high accident rate. The existing highway, through this extent, is a two-lane, open section, minor arterial facility with 12-foot wide driving lanes and no shoulders. At the east end of the project there is a 24- foot long reinforced concrete box (RCB) over East Branch of Briggs Creek which is deteriorating and has severe channel scouring. Current traffic volumes are estimated at 3,978 vehicles per day (vpd) and are projected to increase to 5,610 vpd by 2036. The purpose of this project is to improve the safety of this segment of roadway.

ODOT has tasked a consultant to develop design plans for improving this segment of highway while taking into consideration the cost of construction, right-of-way, and utilities, as well as the identified environmental impacts. The proposed improvements would constitute widening on existing alignment to meet a 55-mph design speed. This includes constructing two, 11-foot wide driving lanes with 3½- foot wide paved shoulders and an 11-foot wide center turn lane. The box bridge over East Branch of Briggs Creek will be replaced with a 120-feet long RCB. Along this segment of US-62, the side slopes will be improved, shoulders and a center turn lane will be added, and the intersection at North Oakdale Drive will be reconfigured to provide better sight distances. Where needed, the alignment will be shifted and the width of the shoulders narrowed to minimize and avoid environmental impacts. The box bridge replacement will be on off-set alignment to the north. The proposed design would meet current standards. The highway would remain open during construction, and access to residences and businesses would be maintained during and after construction.



October 18, 2020

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ODOT Environmental Programs Division
200 N.E. 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3204


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