The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s quick response to the identification of unexpectedly unstable soil helped ODOT finish a $17 million project more than a week ahead of schedule.
The State Highway 33 Project realigned seven miles of the highway, adding shoulders and adding drainage structures in preparation of a future project to increase the highway to four lanes. The project also removed two substandard curves, replaced two bridges, and increased the length of passing lanes.
Several portions of the new alignment contained areas of very unstable sand, acting like quicksand for the equipment around the area. Acting quickly, ODOT was able to devise a way to secure the underlying road and, against all odds, opened nine days ahead of schedule.