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Calera residents express concern over "Fastlane" Project

ODOT plans to rebuild this stretch of U.S. 69/75 through Calera to reduce congestion and improve safety. (ODOT) ODOT plans to rebuild this stretch of U.S. 69/75 through Calera to reduce congestion and improve safety. (ODOT)

CALERA, Ok --- The Fastlane Project  is a overpass plan created by o-dot make the  stretch of high way through Calera safer.

"We are trying to make the most dangerous stretch of highways into the most safe," said Anthony Ecelle, the Division 2 ODOT engineer.

But this one street has two sides; Calera leaders and residents expressed concern for two years with the lack of Main Street exits ...

"We are in support of the design," said Vice Mayor Brian Norton, "but just concerned with the placement of the exit ramps."

The city says lack of ramps takes away commerce from main street and adds 8 to 10 minutes to emergency response.

The city first started an online petition back in November, and Thursday, they called a public meeting. It turned out to be a full house, Including ODOT as well as representatives from Congressman Markwayne Mullen. 

"There's over 700 people signed our petition and 40 -50 people expressing their opinion of the fact that we don't have a Main Street exit," said Norton. 

Calera says, they are wanting two exits added for main street. But ODOT says there already *are* main street exits.

"It's just a matter of the proximity to mains street," said Echelle.

ODOT also saying they will go with the safest option. "We get the concerns but we will go with the safest option the best we know how," said Echelle.

Though the two hour meeting was heated at times, Calera leaders called the night a success, because their voice was heard. "We're proud of our citizens who came out tonight and showed their passion for this city," said Norton, "and we are all scared that the heart of our city is going to get ripped out from underneath us."

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