A Fairfax man who voiced his unhappiness with a bumpy stretch of State Highway 60 west of Pawhuska gave Osage County commissioners an update this week.
Jerry Butterbaugh told the commissioners Tuesday that he had followed their advice and that of District Attorney Rex Duncan. Butterbaugh said he contacted state Rep. Steve Vaughan, of Ponca City, in whose state House district the bumpy roadway is located, and he also made a stop by a local office of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to talk with staff members about his concerns.
Butterbaugh said Vaughan was very quick to respond to him, and that ODOT staffers were able to clarify for him that the approximately three-mile stretch of SH 60, straddling Baconrind Creek, is not listed in the transportation department’s eight-year plan for upgrades.
Butterbaugh said he learned from ODOT that the earliest anything might be done to improve the stretch of road about which he is concerned is 2020.
Duncan and county commissioners on Tuesday counseled Butterbaugh that they think the most-productive approach he can take is to continue talking with state officials.
“There is value in staying after them,” Duncan said. “Squeaky wheel is a good analogy for getting it on that (eight-year upgrade) list.”