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Broken Arrow main street re-opened after weekend construction


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Updated: 7/22/2013 11:47 am Published: 7/19/2013 9:34 pm


Construction closed a section of Broken Arrow's Main Street from Friday night through Monday morning.

Downtown Broken Arrow businesses are not only in the heart of downtown but also in the heart of construction.
   
Main Street between Dallas Street and Commercial Street will close midnight Friday for weekend construction work. Businesses told FOX23 reporter Price McKeon they plan to power through and stay open.

Patsy Terry has owned Arrow Flowers and Gifts store for more than a decade. She put the finishing touches on a flower arrangement Friday afternoon as she looked to what is expected to be a disappointing Saturday.

Terry said she is no stranger to the city’s construction, “each day we just figure out what route we’re going to take and we just go from there.”
     
Weekend crews will be installing 2 new storm water sewer pipes and a power supply for the street lights.

Broken Arrow’s economic development coordinator Norman Stephens said, “we're coming in trying to do the work and get it patched where we can open Main Street back up to keep traffic flowing and doing it as quickly as possible.”

The weekend road closure is the next, third phase for the Downtown Streetscape project.

Stephens said the project aims to attract customers to stay longer downtown, “not just rush in get what they need and leave, but to make it an environment that they want to stay, spend time down here and spend their money.”

Even though cars will not be traveling on this part of the road, businesses and sidewalks will still be open.

Stephens said there will be plenty of free parking in the area for customers.

“We're doing everything in our power to try to limit the amount of impact it has to our businesses,” Stephens said.

Terry is not only a business owner but also a member of the Downtown Advisory Committee. She said she is excited about this Streetscape project.

She said when the construction is done there will be one big party on Main Street.

Stephens said the road will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday morning. He said the project is on track to be completed in the fall.

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