Improvements to flood-prone streets in Wagoner Co.

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Updated: 4/11/2013 9:24 am Published: 4/10/2013 10:27 pm

Improvements are being made in an area Broken Arrow and Wagoner County where roads and homes are prone to flood.

Roads and homes in the Adams Creek area, near Kenosha and 241st, are notorious for flooding but the Wagoner County District 1 Commissioner says drier weather has helped crews make improvements.

"We took this as a time out from mother nature and we took full advantage of it," said Jim Hanning.

The road on 41st between Midway and Oak Grove in Wagoner has been widened about nine feet and raised on a concrete slab with rock barriers.

“It should never, ever flood," said Hanning.

Drivers in the area say before the improvements it would take a big truck to drive through the road.

The project cost about $60,000 which Hanning says was paid by District 1 residents.

"Absolute public safety," said Hanning.

In 2011, the county raised and widened the road at Oak Grove and 86th Street.

"No longer will debris catch and back up," said Hanning. "Emergency, fire trucks can get through these roads."

However, bigger projects are slated that need improvement including the bridge at 305th and Admiral near the navigation system.

"It's functionally obsolete,” said Hanning. "We have anywhere between one or two wrecks a week."

He hopes to have the plans to move the road and build a new bridge by summer.

"It's relentless, the dump trucks and the semis,” said Hanning.

On Midway, near 46th Street, a marker cautioning drivers of the water level over the road is notorious for flooding.

Hanning says it will cost too much to build a new road and bridge but crews are repairing underneath the bridge to keep water from damaging it.

"It won't elevate any flooding as far as topping the road it will just keep the bridge from washing away,” said Hanning.

With the recent rain, the water hasn’t swallowed the roads but Hanning says he wants to be prepared.

"This year we may have a heavy rain season, we just don't know, but we want to make sure we are ready when we do,” said Hanning.

Since 2008, Broken Arrow voters have approved $5 million in flood improvement projects such as Adams Creek for retention and detention ponds.

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