Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) and Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) have announced a road contract has been awarded in Carter County. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says the project will involve the installation of traffic signals on state Highway 142 at the intersection of Rockford Road in Ardmore.

Simpson says the State Transportation Commission awarded a contract of $200,000 to Midstate Traffic Control, Inc. The Oklahoma City company was the lowest of three bidders for the job, Ownbey says.

Simpson highlights the intersection as being very busy and hazardous. "I am sure this installation will improve traffic safety for our citizens," Simpson says.

Ardmore city manager J.D. Spohn says the city has been working for the installation of traffic signals at the intersection for several years.

"I am very happy the project is proceeding," Spohn says. "It is a very dangerous intersection and it is very busy. I feel the installation of the stoplights will make it much safer for our citizens. We have some issues there and in addition to providing safety, I think it will help regulate traffic off of the interstate."

No timetable was given for the start of the project, but it is expected to take two months once it begins.