The Hardesty Road widening project has changed yet again.

Originally, the plan was to widen Hardesty Road 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.

Now the plan is to start at 13th Street and go west through the U.S. 177 intersection and go 600 feet to the east. The only difference will be the turn lanes will be the outside lanes.

“In order to prevent Hardesty Road to run through 22 front yards of Pottawatomie County, we moved the project closer to the intersection and will be more beneficial to the people of Pottawatomie County,” said District 2 Commissioner Randy Thomas.

The project is currently in the design stages and groundbreaking is anticipated for Spring of 2020.

In August, 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 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.