Crisis has been averted.



Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) has agreed to widen the road on the north side of Hardesty Road approximately two miles east of Gordon Cooper Drive.

Crisis has been averted.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) has agreed to widen the road on the north side of Hardesty Road approximately two miles east of Gordon Cooper Drive.

Previously, the plan was to widen the road on the south side in this section but a family within the Absentee Shawnee tribe has a family cemetery near the future construction site. CPN has agreed to change the location of the extension to avoid disrupting the cemetery.

Last week, the Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners approved an agreement between Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Pottawatomie County for a road construction project to widen Hardesty Road.

The roadway will be widened to four lanes starting west of U.S. 177 at 13th Street and going 4.3 miles east to Brangus Road, including a turn lane in the middle.

The agreement states that CPN is authorized to obligate Tribal Transportation Program funds for the construction of road and bridge projects for the use of Indian citizens and others.

According to the agreement, the work is proposed since Hardesty Road carries an excess of 5,000 cars per day on a two lane road.