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Calera braces for major highway project

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An artist's conception of a planned U.S. 69/75 intersection upgrade in Calera. (ODOT) An artist's conception of a planned U.S. 69/75 intersection upgrade in Calera. (ODOT)
Hundreds of Calera businesses will be impacted by the U.S. 69/75 construction project. (KTEN) Hundreds of Calera businesses will be impacted by the U.S. 69/75 construction project. (KTEN)

CALERA, Okla. -- We are just months away from the start of construction on a major project to reduce traffic congestion in Bryan County.

The plan is to make U.S. 69/75 through Calera more like a freeway, creating on- and off-ramps and eliminating traffic lights for motorists.

Now the clock is ticking for residents and business owners to figure out what they need to do to get ready for some big changes as the Fastlane Project kicks off.

On Thursday, the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce and other organizations presented a plan to Calera officials aimed at minimizing the impact of construction on small businesses.

Representatives from the Chamber, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, the REI Women's Business Center and Choctaw Nation Small Business Development Services all addressed the city, presenting a proposed plan of action.

The plan, offered at no cost, would aim to strengthen Calera's economic growth even after the highway project is complete.

"The construction is going to be starting soon, they are going to begin moving utilities in the next few months," said OSBDC business adviser Jessica Ervin. "The businesses need to be prepared; they need to be united; to form an alliance of sorts to let people know what businesses are here."

More than 800 businesses in Calera could be affected by the highway construction project.

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