What's all this fuss about, anyway?

What is ODOT, and why should I care?

ODOT stands for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. It's mission is "to provide a safe, economical and effective transportation network for the people, commerce and communities of Oklahoma." ODOT basically takes care of the highways and roads. With that mission comes power-power to take your homes, your jobs, and your community's future economic growth.

What is ODOT proposing?

US69 runs through the west side of Muskogee, Oklahoma. The highway has been improved by ODOT as recently as a dozen years ago, when ODOT spent millions to enlarge the highway to six lanes and added turn lanes and made other improvements. Since that time, motels, restaurants and other businesses have been constructed along the highway or nearby. Now, however, ODOT is planning on bypassing Muskogee completely with only three exits located miles away from this area where all the commercial development is taking place, effectively killing the economic development for the city. The bypass, by ODOT's own estimates, will only save between 2 and 8 minutes in travel time, at a cost between 80 and 100 million dollars. That's a cost of up to 50 million dollars per minute saved!


Why you should care!

We oppose the bypass because it is unneeded, unwanted, and a waste of money.  In addition, the revenue brought into the city from businesses along the highway brings jobs, commercial development, and taxes to Muskogee.  If the bypass is built, the areas commercial development will wither and die, and Muskogee's economic growth will likely never recover. Property values along the new path of the highway will suffer, along with those along the current highway. The only ones who will benefit are contractors, engineers, and ODOT employees, who are guaranteed jobs to oversee a project no one wants.


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Sign the petition opposing the bypass.  Join the movement! Contact those listed below who can stop ODOT and let them know you oppose the bypass!

Let them know you oppose the bypass!

Governor

Governor Mary Fallin

Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Local: (405) 521-2342
Fax: (405) 521-3353

Transportation Commissioners

Mr. John Fidler, Member
OK Transportation Commission
PO Box 1117
Okmulgee, OK 74447-1117
(918) 756-7993 


 Mr. J. David Burrage, Member
OK Transportation Commission
PO Box 960
Atoka, OK 74525
(580) 889-7357 


 Mr. Dan B. Overland, Chairman
OK Transportation Commission
1 West Main
Earlsboro, OK 74840
(405) 997-5201 


 Mr. Greg Love, Member
OK Transportation Commission
10601 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
(405) 302-6644 


 Mr. Todd Huckabay, Member
OK Transportation Commission
P.O. Box 348
Snyder, OK 73566
(580) 569-4347


 Mr. Bobby J. Alexander
P.O. Box 1570
Woodward, OK 73802
(580) 254-3232 


Mr. Bradley W. Burgess, Member
OK Transportation Commission
21 NW 44th Street, Suite 201
Lawton, OK 73505
(580) 355-8920


 Mr. Bradley W. Burgess, Member
OK Transportation Commission
21 NW 44th Street, Suite 201
Lawton, OK 73505
(580) 355-8920 


 Mr. Peter J. Regan, Member
OK Transportation Commission
4124 S. Rockford, Suite 201
Tulsa, OK 74105
(918) 293-3921 


ODOT

Mike Patterson, Executive Director

Oklahoma Department of Transportation

200 NE 21st Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

mpatterson@odot.org

 (405) 522-8000 


Chris Wallace, Division Engineer

Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation
2800 S. 32nd Street
Muskogee, OK 74401 

 (918) 687-5407