LB May Drive officially open

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
LB May Drive officially open

After 10 months of construction, the LB May Drive located just east of Farrel Avenue (N3730 Road) is officially open.

Osage County District 1 Commissioner Bob Jackson and the Osage Nation oversaw the approximately 2.5 miles of roadway improvements which included replacement of the 1980 Mud Creek Bridge.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Oct. 8. The much-needed thoroughfare was the result of collaboration between the Osage Nation, Osage County, Guy Engineering and Becco Contractors, Inc.

Tulsa based Guy Engineering Services designed the 125-foot PC Beam Mud Creek Bridge.

“We want to thank Osage County and the Nation for this outstanding project with 2.5 miles of overlay,” spokesperson Rebecca Alvarez said. “The Osage Nation provided $2.2 million towards construction. Osage County paid for engineering, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation costs.”

Jackson said the project was the result of a 12-foot culvert collapsing last year during a torrential storm.

“In addition to the Mud Creek Bridge, shoulders were added, two smaller bridges widened and a large hole repaired adjacent to one of the bridges,” said Jackson. “This road is a great thing for Pawhuska, especially with the new bridge on State Highway 99. It should divert a lot of heavy truck traffic out of the downtown area. I appreciate working with the Osage Nation and what they do to help the County on these projects.”

Osage Nation Transportation Director Justin Carr added, “I would like to thank the county and all the commissioners for being so supportive of the nation on all of our projects, including this one. It is a good cooperative effort between all of us.”