Work could start soon on the industrial access roads near Smith Ferry Road.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Muskogee City-County Port Authority approved a $4,168,494.80 bid from Cook’s Consulting for approximately 5,800 feet of road.

In May, the Authority blocked funding for an industrial access road, which will serve Core Scientific and XZY Capital, two companies that plan to invest a total of $1.2 billion in industrial park sites.

Port Superintendent Kimbra Scott called the road “a very important project, not only for the city, but also for the county, the Port Authority”.

“Business within the Muskogee Port JTG Industrial Park will be more accessible via larger haul vehicles, semi-trailers, etc., which is essential for industrial parks,” Scott said. “These new roads will be safer for the public. They are wider, drain better and will replace the existing deteriorated bridges.”

She said the project could take about a year.

Muskogee County District 1 Commissioner Ken Doke, who sits on the Authority’s board of directors, said he had not heard of the start of construction. Doke, who was not at Tuesday’s meeting, said Scott met with the commissioners about the project on Monday.

“It’s all an industrial road there and the goal was to develop that with an industrial outlook,” he said.

In another action Tuesday, the Authority also approved a one-year lease agreement with Muskogee Ready Mix for two acres of the John T. Griffin Industrial Site.

The deal is $1,041 per month for one year.

Scott said the lease will be close to two port project sites, Core Scientific and OG&E.

“It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize we’re building a road there,” Scott said. “We said we had land; they said, ‘great’.”

She said the concrete company has been a great partner.

“We are very fortunate that they have chosen to partner with the Port of Muskogee,” she said. “They understand that at the end of the year they would probably have to sign for another year for the road contract, if they won this contract.”

The property would be near Smith Ferry and Daltile Road.

“It’s actually Core Scientific’s mobilization site,” Scott said. “They are going to be to the west of the site, adjacent to Smith Ferry Road and adjacent on the other side to the sewer and water project.”

Core Scientific, a publicly traded NASDAQ-listed company, is said to be one of the largest bitcoin mining companies by production capacity.

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