Asphalt work started this week on the 3.2-mile Spring Creek Trail, leading from Interstate 35 to Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake.
City officials project the 18-foot-wide trail will be completed by the end of summer, said City Manager Larry Stevens.
This is the first section of a trail that people would like to go around Arcadia Lake. The project has been in the works since 2011.
Four other section of the project also are in the works, Stevens said. They are:
• I-35 Frontage Road Trail access: Work is underway to get access to the new Spring Creek Trail from the frontage road on I-35. The city has design plans and received some funding from the state Department of Transportation to help with the connection. Plans are to connect with the existing Fox Lake Trail that runs from Fox Lake Lane to 15th Street.
• Integris Trail head connection: Council members approved this week a $78,518 contract to design a quarter-mile trail connection that would go from the Spring Creek Trail to the parking lot of the Integris Medical Office Building. This will give people access to the Spring Creek Trail on the east side of I-35
• Route 66 Trail: This section of trail is part of the overall trail plan for Arcadia Lake and is part of a state Department of Transportation construction project now under design. The trail is from Midwest Boulevard and Post Road. The 1.5-mile of construction will be between Edmond Park and Central State Park. Bids for the project are expected to be signed in the fall.
• Creek Bend Trail: This section of the trail would extend west from the new Spring Creek Trail and to Coltrane Road. It is to be a 12-foot to 14-foot wide paved trail that is 1.2 mile long. City officials expected to get funding from the Association of Central Governments' Transportation Alternatives Program. The design work is completed on the trail and the right of way acquisition process should start soon.
Crest Foods of Northeast Edmond LLC purchased property near the northwest corner of N Sooner Road and E Covell Road for $4.7 million from Fairfax Joint Ventures LLC in July, according to deeds released from Oklahoma County County Clerk David B. Hooten's office. A site plan for the 106,565-square-foot building was approved in May by the city's planning commission. The new grocery store is to be built on 16.72 acres with 747 parking spaces.
Renovation of the Edmond Historical Society & Museum continues.
Long-term water issues have been addressed through the installation of sump pumps, said City Manager Larry Stevens.
"The contractor completed lead paint abatement, replaced the windows and painted window frames," Stevens said. "A subcontractor cleaned the exterior of the building, waterproofed it from the ground level, installed waterproofing materials below ground level and a French drain system on both the north and west sides of the building."
This will complete phase one of the three-phase project. Other projects include remodeling the restroom to include ADA improvements, LED lighting and electrical upgrades. Plans are to go out for bids by the end of August and start work this fall.
The final phase will be the upgrading and replacement of the heating and air conditioning.
The entire renovation project is being paid for with money collected from a sales tax pasted in 2000 for capital improvements.
Cost debate continues
Edmond Public Transportation Committee unanimously refused last week to recommend an offer from Developer Mark Ruffin for Edmond's bus service to make only two stops a day at the Social Security office, located in a building he constructed in Oklahoma City, at a cost of $44,214.
Since 2013, an Edmond Citylink bus has stopped at the Oklahoma City office because Ruffin and his partner, Nick Preftakes, said a federal regulation required public transportation to serve the Social Security office.
City officials said Ruffin told them that requirement is no longer a requirement in his construction contract.
The bus now stops three times a day at the Social Security office on the northwest corner of NE 122 and Kelley Avenue. City officials recalculated the cost of the route and told Ruffin it would cost $64,646 for the next fiscal year, that is an increase from $26,020.
In 2013, Ruffin paid the city $63,000 to provide the Social Security office with public transportation after failing to come up with a deal with Oklahoma City's bus system.
City Planner Randy Entz contacted Ruffin on Friday. Ruffin plans consider his options and contact Entz next week. The city council will make a final decision.
Reader Mike Zuckermandel asked: "What is the building on Interstate 35 frontage between Chick-fil-A and Whataburger? Do we know what that is yet?"
City Planning Director Randy Entz answered: "It is a Taco Bell."
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