Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman held a celebration event today to recognize the progress along Highway 69 and to update the community of a widening project that will make traveling on Highway 69 a little easier.
“The best is yet to come in terms of Highway 69,” Coleman said. “Were talking about something revolutionary, something that has never been done for our city in a way that is hopefully going to attract retail, and some industrial commerce.”
Highway 69 will undergo a facelift that will include widening the highway to six lanes with a center median, often referred to as a seven lane thoroughfare.
“Imagine a Highway 69 that does not have the type of properties that attract the wrong type of activity,” Coleman said. “Imagine a Highway 69 that is so open, that businesses want to run and get on Highway 69. Imagine that going right through our city. Imagine the Highway 69 that we deserve to have”
Construction on Highway 69 is slated to begin in 2024, but Coleman recognized the progress the community is already starting to see, such as the demolition of the Deluxe Inn at 534 S. 32nd Street. The event was originally scheduled to be held on the demolition site, but had to be moved indoors due to inclement weather. Bill Johnson, owner of Johnson Enterprises at 715 S. 32nd Street, eagerly stepped up to offer his building as an alternative location for the gathering.
“This is a prime example of how things happen in Muskogee,” Coleman said. “It shows a lot about our community when another business along Highway 69 steps in to help out like this. It shows that they believe in what we are doing.”
Former Mayor Bob Coburn was also honored with a key to the city at today’s event. Coburn left his mayoral term early to accept a position as highway commissioner with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and has remained an integral part of the progress on the Highway 69 project.
“I think we’ve got a plan now that will move traffic safely through Muskogee,” Coburn said. “It’s good for economic development in Muskogee.”
“Were actually helping the traffic get through Muskogee in a way that people will enjoy driving through our city and be happy to stop at what we hope will be future tourists destinations,” Coleman added.
Cutline for photo: Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman answering media questions at a recent event to celebrate Muskogee’s plans for Highway 69.