Purcell and the Heart of Oklahoma received news Monday that another progressive project has been approved for our area.

At a meeting at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Monday a southbound on ramp for the north end of Purcell was officially placed on ODOT’s 8 year construction work plan.

According to ODOT the southbound ramp would be placed at the intersection of SH 74 and Interstate 35 at  cost of $10,300,000.

This will give access to the southbound interstate for folks on the north end of town, something many have yearned for for a long, long time.

“On behalf of ODOT and our many partners who help us succeed in our mission to provide a safe, economical and effective transportation network for the people, commerce and communities of Oklahoma, I present the 2020-2027 Eight-year Construction Work Plan.”

On it is the Purcell southbound ramp.

That’s the word from Tim Gatz, Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation  and Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director.

According to ODOT officials, the project is slated to be completed by 2025.

As of press time Wednesday Purcell City Manager Dale Bunn was in the process of checking with ODOT’s Kevin Bloss who is the Division Engineer for Division Three in which Purcell rests.

Bunn was seeking a clarification as to exactly what ODOT has in mind with the project if it is just an on ramp to go south on I-35 or if it is an entire interchange.

We will bring you the latest news on the situation as we are made aware.

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