The Caddo Herald
January 27, 1933
Work is Started on Blue Bridge Erection
Work was started Monday on the construction of the new bridge over Blue at Armstrong on U. S. Highway 75 by the Highway Construction Company of Tulsa, which also has the contract to build three other bridges between the river and Caddo, the stretch of the highway which is to be paved.
The new bridge, a steel and concrete structure, will be about 150 feet west f the present span and is being built by the highway department in order to affect a straightening of the road and shortening the distance.
The bridge across Blue will be 266 feet long and another span will be built across the small lake north of the river which will be 254 feet long. A twelve foot fill, 645 feet long, will connect the two bridges.
To Employ Local Men
The bridge machinery is already on the ground and preliminary work is being done this week. W. L. James, head of the contracting company, said as many local men as possible will be employed on the work.
The same company has the contract for the paving job from Armstrong to Caddo and will start grade and drainage work immediately on the new survey of the highway where short cuts are to be made and pouring of concrete will started as soon as the grade is allowed to settle.
The detour to be used while the highway project is under way has about been finished. It will be graveled road, permitting all-weather traffic this winter while the road and bridges are being built. The detour will start at the “Y” intersection of state highway 75 and from 22 will head over the Kenefick road which is being graveled to Kenefick, thence east to Caddo.
Good Detour Built
Traffic will not be disturbed during the building of the road except that the distance to Durant will be longer.
The business section of Armstrong is being remodeled because of a section of the new highway right-of-way being routed through some of the buildings in order to straighten the road on the south side of the river and buildings are being moved back to make way for the improvement. At several other places between Armstrong and Caddo the highway is to be straightened.
And here is some additional background from some earlier posts:
September 14, 1917
Putting in Bridges
Work has been completed on the bridge north of town of the Jefferson Highway, so that now there is a fine road to Caney. This bridge was the only gap on the old Katy right-of-way between Caddo and Caney, and was estimated to cost something like $1000, but the commissioners by using day labor got it done for somewhat less.
Work will begin soon on the bridge just below the depot on the highway. This has been a wooden structure for many, many years and has become dilapidated. It is the policy of the State Highway Department to put in nothing but concrete bridges on highways so this will be of concrete and when completed will be there forever. While the work is in progress travel will detour around by the school building.
May 27, 1921
More Highways to Be Built in Bryan
The contract has already been let to build the Jefferson through Bryan County and work is to start right away. The building of the road will furnish a call for labor during a dull period and when the road is finished we shall have a splendid hard surfaced road north and south through the county.
Bids have been called for construction of the roads east and west from the Choctaw county line to Durant and from Ury to the Johnston county line. There it will be met by the Johnston county road and will join the Choctaw county on the east.
These are Federal projects and are the result of Bryan County voting $900,000 in bonds a year ago. There are several other projects, the contracts of which have not yet been let. Of course all the roads planned cannot be contracted for or completed in a short time. So let’s be patient.
September 2, 1921
Work Starts on This End of Jefferson Road
Work started Monday on the Highway at the Fish Hatchery. One camp has been established there and another will be made in Caddo near the depot this week and will work south meeting the other crew.
The contractors on this work have the equipment necessary to work well and fast. They have their own teams, tools, and crews. In the matter of employing local men and teams the contractors will use those who can stand up to the work, but the average farm team cannot keep up with the pace set, thus would hinder all the work. Perhaps all who want to will be used in hauling rock and gravel when the work is ready for it.
The road is already rough going where they are at work, and in time it may be necessary to go round. The best detour is by Kenefick. But we can afford a little inconvenience is we get a good road permanently.
September 9, 1921
Highway Route Thru Town May be Changed
A meeting of citizens called Tuesday morning to take up the idea of having the route of the Jefferson Highway through town changed from Main Street to the depot to Arkansas Street.
After much argument and discussion, a committee of Amos K. Bass, J. W. Crutchfield and J. L. Boland was appointed to get facts and figures as to the feasibility of the route and as to the cost from the engineers.
There is hardly any doubt but that if the proposition could be accomplished it would be worth more to the town because it would go through two business streets, when as proposed, it goes along one which has few business houses on it.