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EL RENO, Okla. – Drivers, get prepared to see a new exit on Interstate 40 in El Reno, a Radio Rd. exit.

Chesapeake is partnering with the state to build a new interchange for easier access to their facilities.

Driving an 18-wheeler through El Reno and hitting the two lane gravel Radio Rd. isn’t easy but Mike Edelen travels the route daily to work at Chesapeake’s Performance Technologies.

It can be frustrating,” Edelen said. “You really have to watch out, the corners are hard.”

That’s starting to change.

The State Department of Transportation and Gov. Mary Fallin announced plans to connect Radio Rd. to I-40 Friday.

Crews have already started to widen Radio Rd. and they will start building the interchange to connect it to I-40 in the Spring.

When it comes to paying for the $24 million project, Chesapeake is pairing with the city and state in the first private/public Oklahoma partnership to build infrastructure.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without a historic partnership,” Gov. Fallin said.

More than 300 people from El Reno work at Chesapeake’s Performance Technologies and ODOT officials said the move aims to bring more industry and jobs to the city by making the roads more appealing to industry owners.

You can expect to travel down the Radio Rd. exit off of I-40 by the end of 2014.

The widening of Radio Rd. should be complete in eight months.