Midtown Tulsa residents say construction project taking longer

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/16/2013 5:33 pm Published: 12/16/2013 4:17 pm

Residents of a midtown Tulsa neighborhood are questioning why a construction project to resurface their streets is taking so long.

It's happening in the White City neighborhood, specifically on 7th Street at Eerie Street.

Crews started on the road near the end of July, replacing a water line. People told FOX23 that it's been torn up since August, and they're sick of the potholes and uneven asphalt.

"It hampers me driving over the humps and the intersection down there where it's real bad. You know, we don't like that," said Gary Fraley, who lives in the area.

He tries not to complain about the work.

"We just turn around and come the other way, but, yeah, it would be nice if it was finished," he said.

He's seen other streets around the neighborhood torn up and resurfaced, and completed fairly quickly.

He wonders why the work isn't done yet, especially when crews tell him they're ahead of schedule.

"Depends on what kind of deal they're getting. If the city's getting a pretty good deal by having a longer contract on it, you know, it's our tax money that's going to waste," he said.

FOX23 checked with the city and found the road is part of one of the biggest neighborhood projects in the Fix Our Streets package, a $7.3 million project to replace water and sewer lines and resurface about 20 streets.

The winning bid allowed for 660 days to complete all of those streets, which means the contractor has until next August to finish.

The contract doesn't say all the work has to be done at one time, just within the allotted time.

And while Fraley wishes crews could finish up and clear out these orange barrels, after 30 years in this neighborhood he's staying positive and just looking forward to smoother streets.

"It's getting done. And if you had lived in this neighborhood for... as long as we have, you'd go, 'This is progress,'" he said.

Crews will return to work this week. FOX23 found out they will be laying 2 inches of asphalt either Wednesday or Thursday because the weather should be nice. That should seal this area up until the spring, when they can come back and finish resurfacing the whole road.

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