The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) continues to prepare for major upgrades to Highway 105. The goal remains to add a traffic signal light at the intersection of Highway 33, but no details have been given on who will take on the maintenance and upkeep of the proposed lights.
The intersection, which joins two interstates, has led to several vehicle accidents, including fatalities.
ODOT District Four Engineer Trenton January visited the Logan County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on March 31. He informed the commissioners that a signal light was coming, but was hesitant to say it was a guarantee.
“That is going to turn into a signalize intersection,” January told the commissioners. “That’s the intention … is to turn it into a signalize intersection.”
In many instances, ODOT installs traffic signals, but often requests cities and/or counties to maintain the lights, including replacement of bulbs and the cost of electricity.
The intersection sits in the County’s jurisdiction (just outside of the Guthrie city limits). Currently, the County does not operate any electric signalized lighting in the county.
Who would operate and maintain the proposed traffic signals remains unknown.
January says ODOT is 65% complete with the set of plans for utilities and right of way, which are underway as part of the Highway 105 plan.
The $17,762,115 construction work plan, includes road grade, drain and surfacing from Highway 33 and extending six miles east to 1,000 feet east of Henny Road.
The construction phase is currently planned for 2026.
January stated the project will include turning lanes and curb and guttering.
“Due to how close the houses are and the utilities, we can’t just go in there and just add a bunch of shoulders,” January said.
He added the road grade at Henny Road will be cut down to improve site distance.