Mangum, Okla. Aug. 11, (UP)-The Longhorn Chisholm Trail the route over which Oklahoma and Texas cattlemen drove milling herds of cattle through Indian Territory to markets in the north, is destined to become one of the best modern north-south highways across the state, good road leaders here believe.
Release of some $9,000,000 in federal aid money for road construction will furnish finances for making needed improvements on the route, which is known as highway No. 34 through Oklahoma, it is believed here.
Construction of two huge bridges in the southwestern part of the state is expected to be among the major projects included in the state program.
One bridge, that spanning the Salt fork of the Red River here, was included in the first of projects submitted to the federal bureau of roads for approval by the state highway commission. Provisions for constructing it are expected by the state next fall will be expected to be included in the first half of the state' building program. It will cost about $125,000.
The second bridge will be over the South Canadian river at Camargo. The latter project will cost nearly have million dollars. The Camargo span is expected to be one of the most difficult engineering projects undertaken by the state highway commission.
The river at that point is wide with low banks and undermined with treacherous quicksand. Soundings taken at the proposed bridge site show it will be necessary to sink the huge piers at least 100 feet through quicksand before a solid foundation can be reached.
Grading and drainage of the highway remains to be done from Mangum to Duke. Construction of the bridge at Camargo would open the way for extension of the highway on north.
A meeting of the national Longhorn Chisholm Trail association will be held in Woodward in the near future to outline plans for improvement and extension of the highway.
Contracts have been let for improvement of the route from Woodward northwest to supply. A survey is being made of the road from Supply northward through Buffalo to the Kansas line.
The Kansas highway commission has indicated it will construct a road sought to the Oklahoma line soon.
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