Merchants and motorists endure Calera highway project
CALERA, Okla. (KTEN) — Drivers traveling on U.S. Highway 69/75 have been dealing with construction for the last three years, and many say they're ready for it to be finished
The project began in 2019, and has been impacting drivers and businesses since.
Scott Kirk, owner of The Oil Can, said his business has dropped nearly 40 percent since the first detours were posted.
"It's hard, especially as a small business — and I am a small business — but I have some good customers that keep coming in," he said.
Kirk believes the wider highway will eventually bring more customers back into his shop.
"The road will be done. The traffic will be flowing better, and we have our on- and off-ramps like that. So that should help us a whole lot," he said. "I'm hoping, you know... everything is a gamble."
"We've been driving through for about the past two years from Coweta to College Station," said motorist Teddy Wyatt. "We come through, and the construction has been a big part of the trip."
And they have to adjust accordingly.
"We put an extra 15 minutes or so in the trip to allow for the stop lights at places you don't necessary expect stop lights, and the routing is going to be different each time," Wyatt said.
Buy Calera resident Levi St. Claire said his the construction has had a minimal impact on his travels.
"I usually take the back way to work, but I like the parts of it that has been opened so far," he said.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said the U.S. 69/75 project is scheduled for completion next summer.