The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the City of Durant started Monday on a repair and resurfacing project at Durant’s North First Avenue and Main Street, Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management said.
Construction workers began milling, followed by resurfacing and striping of the intersection. This project is causing traffic interruptions downtown and is expected to take three days to complete, provided there are no weather related delays.
Detours will be in effect:
* All eastbound Main Street (also Highway 70 East) truck and through traffic is being detoured to the north at Third Avenue and Main Street to Mulberry, then east on Mulberry to First Avenue. There, they have the option of continuing east on Highway 70 or turning north onto First (also State Highway 78 North). All local (non-truck) traffic has access to Main Street between Third and Second avenues, but must detour either north or south at Second.
* All eastbound Main Street (Highway 70 East) truck and through traffic headed to Highway 78 South will be detoured north at Third and Main Street to Mulberry, then east on Mulberry to First. The alternate route continues south on First to Cedar, then east on Cedar to Malone,south on Malone to East Main, then east on East Main Street to Highway 78 South.
* All westbound East Main Street truck and through traffic will be detoured north on Malone to Cedar, then west on Cedar to Third, south on Third to Main Street (Highway 70 West). Any traffic wishing to access Highway 78 /48 North may turn north at First and Cedar.
* All southbound First Avenue (Highway 78 South) truck and through traffic headed to West Main Street or Highway 70 West will be detoured west on Cedar to Third, south on Third to Main Street, then west on Main Street.
* All southbound First Avenue (Highway 78 South) truck and through traffic headed to East Main Street or Highway 78 South will be detoured east on Cedar to Malone, south on Malone to East Main Street, then east on East Main to Highway 78 South.
Detour signs, barricades, message boards, traffic and flagmen are considered traffic-control devices, just as traffic signals lights or posted highway signs. They are located to assist the drivers and protect highway workers. Moving, altering, driving around or through barracades, and disobeying signage or flagmen can result in a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device.
“The City of Durant would like to thank all citizens for their cooperation during this event,” said Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management Director James Dalton