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Plans to expand Rogers Lane underway

LAWTON, Okla._After the recent flooding of East Cache Creek effectively cut the city of Lawton in half for 24 hours, it brought up many questions about what the city has in the works to make sure that doesn't happen again.

George Hennessee, assistant director of engineering, says the plan is to build two bridges that would help alleviate the flooding problem in the future. He says the bridges can't completely prevent overflow of the creek, because that would create a dam effect, but it would provide a passable lane during a ‘hundred-year event.'

Those flood-proof bridges are included in the Rogers Lane expansion plan that due to funding issues has been broken up into two phases...

"It will be a four-lane section on the east end, and a five-lane section on the west," explained Hennessee.

Hennessee says the expansion will begin at the railroad tracks near I-44 and will end at Village Drive.

"At that point, the new road will be south of the existing road, so we'll have to do a transition up to the existing road until the second phase is funded," Hennessee explained.

The second phase, which includes the East Cache Creek bridges, will eventually extend to Flower Mound Road.

"The cost for that is somewhat prohibitive, and so we're still seeking funding for that," said Hennessee.

The first phase will cost about $6 million, and funding for that has already been secured.

"The Department of Transportation will pay 75 percent of that and the city will have to come up with the other 25," said Hennessee.

The first phase of Rogers Lane will be expanded southward, which will impede on about 22 properties. The city will have to seek right-of-way to be able to build on those. Once that is clear and the plans are approved, construction on the first phase can begin.

Hennessee says the design plans are about 50 percent complete, and hopes to have those finalized within the next year.

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