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Contract awarded for I-44, Rogers Lane interchange

A Lawton company has been selected for a $6.7 million project to reconfigure the intersection of Interstate 44 and Rogers Lane.

The state Transportation Commission on Monday awarded the contract to T&G Construction, which was the sole competitor for the project with a bid of $6,690,994.79, just under the engineer's estimate. The work has been allocated 300 calendar days for completion.

The City of Lawton and Fort Sill have for years been eying a project to rebuild the interchange of Rogers Lane (which is also U.S. 63) and I-44 to reduce congestion and improve safety. Plans call for building cloverleaf exit and entrance ramps for northbound and southbound interstate traffic.

"This project's been a long time in the making and we're glad we have finally awarded the contract," said Brad Burgess of Lawton, a member of the Transportation Commission.

"This will vastly improve the safety and efficiency of that intersection," he said.

Moving ahead with the project also helps another project in the works: expanding Rogers Lane east of I-44. Although state budget woes have pushed back expansion of East Rogers Lane to the entrance to the Garden Village Addition, completion of the interchange project had to come first.

The Lawton Constitution

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