Road construction is ongoing in Edmond
EDMOND — Construction at 33rd Street and Broadway, the largest road construction project in Edmond, is expected to be completed in July.
Traffic at the busiest intersection in Edmond has been an issue since the project started a year ago.
“We still have work to do out there,” said City Engineer Steve Manek. “But it looks like they are going to meet or exceed their deadline.”
The project will add dual southbound and dual westbound left turn lanes and new right turn lanes for eastbound, westbound and southbound, and the intersection will be reconstructed with concrete and signal lights modified to accommodate the new lanes.
The $5.1 million project with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, has been in the planning stages for nearly 11 years.
The city's 20 percent share is $1.1 million. The money will come from the 2000 sales tax voters approved for capital improvements.
Covell Road project
Another project just getting started is at Covell Road, from Fairfax Boulevard to Interstate 35.
The $12.5 million project, awarded to Allen Contracting on May 5, is a partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Edmond will pay nearly $6.6 million or 53 percent of the bill.
Money for the Covell project comes from a sales tax passed in 2000 for capital projects.
The project is expected to take 310 days to complete. It will widen Covell to a four-lane divided roadway. Between Sooner Road and I-35, Covell will be divided and have six lanes.
Decorative street lighting and 10-foot multiuse paths on both sides of the street are included in the plans. New traffic signals will be installed at Covell and Fairfax, Covell and Sooner, and Covell and Market Street.
Covell Road at Santa Fe and Bryant avenues
Short-term improvements include construction on left turn lanes and left turn signal phasing on Covell Road at Santa Fe and Bryant avenues.
Estimated cost is $1.5 million. The city will pay 100 percent of the bill.
“Construction plans are 95 percent complete, and we held a meeting in April to determine what utilities need to be moved,” Manek said.
All the pieces of right of way have been acquired for the Santa Fe improvements.
City officials might have to use eminent domain to secure some of the parcels of land to proceed with improvements designed to alleviate traffic problems at Bryant Avenue.
Plans are to start construction on the project sometime this year. The Santa Fe project could start first if there continues to be a problem in getting the necessary rights of way, Manek said.