Last week, Northbound US-177/Perkins Rd. was narrowed to one lane between McElroy and W. Lakeview in Stillwater. This work will continue through spring 2022 for pavement reconstruction. This will be a moving operation, done in half-mile segments, with work starting near McElroy and moving north toward Lakeview as construction progresses. Lisa Shearea-Salim, with ODOT told All About Stillwater, “The contractor is currently working on drainage plus curb and gutter work to do what can be done out of the roadway to lessen the impact to traffic for now. They are working on the northbound outside lane and working their way northward. Then the contract will do the same work on the southbound lanes. ”Both northbound and southbound US-177/Perkins Rd. will be narrowed to one lane in each direction for the nearly two-year construction project. Work will suspend in the fall for Oklahoma State University game day weekend traffic and resume after football season completes. Salim said, “By spring, work will begin in earnest on the main travel lanes. The contractor is aware of the major event dates in Stillwater and will do everything they can to accommodate traffic during those busier times. We’re also working closely with the City of Stillwater. ”Motorists can expect lane shifts and a reduced speed limit in the work zone. Drivers are advised to expect delays and plan for extra travel time in the area or locate alternate routes. Additionally, motorists can expect impacts to business driveways starting in early 2022 throughout the extent of the project, however, at least one entrance will remain open at all times to business areas. The nearly $18 million project was awarded by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission to Duit Construction Company Inc., of Edmond, in October. This work is in partnership with the City of Stillwater. Work is expected to complete in winter 2023. This project is weather permitting. Stay tuned to All About Stillwater for updates.