Neighbors use sign to show construction frustration

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 9/27/2013 6:42 pm Published: 9/27/2013 5:39 pm

Homeowners in a midtown Tulsa neighborhood are upset over how long a road project is taking, so one of them decided to voice his frustration with a yard sign.

The sign says "What progress? Road torn up since June 24th. Thanks Dewey."

The man who lives there said he didn't post the sign, but he agrees and is keeping it up.

Others around there agree, but Mayor DeweyBartlett said the delay is being dealt with.

"I just cracked up when I saw it. I thought, 'Oh, alright! Somebody really did good!' I like that sign," said Paula Daniel. She lives across the street.

She says the construction on Evanston, 27th and several other blocks in the neighborhood is getting old.

"Messes up when you're trying to walk the neighborhood and stuff. You know, you have to walk up in people's yards sometimes," she said.

And she wants to know who's to blame.

Bartlett says the delay isn't the city's fault, it's the contractor's -- and it is now facing penalties.

"Not weather-related; they really don't have a reason other than they've just fallen behind. And so now they're about 60 days behind and they're getting charged $2,500 a day," he said.

Bartlett's opponent in the mayoral election, Kathy Taylor, says she hears similar complaints from hundreds of Tulsans.

"They're not completed on a timely basis, and there's no accountability or transparency. We don't know what the budget was, or when these people will get access to their driveways again," she said.

City officials say that's not really true -- all street project information is online and constantly updated on

Taylor says even if it is the contractor's fault, if Bartlett had been on top of things, the delay wouldn't have lasted so long.

"Ultimately, the mayor is accountable and responsible … or should be," she said.

Bartlett says he is on top of it and that's why the project is moving along now.

"They're going to begin the repaving process about Oct. 2 or so. And hopefully they will get it completed quickly, but they'll be paying a fine, a very stiff fine, for being late," he said.

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bowlerdave - 9/30/2013 9:06 AM
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I would like to know if they ever plan on finishing Independence. A year or two ago, a construction crew came and tore up the middle part of Independence between Yale and Harvard, and turned the middle part into a dirt/gravel road. So every time you drive on it, your car gets filthy and you get rocks thrown up onto your car from the car in front of you. Plus, dirt and gravel get thrown up onto the yards of the homeowners on the street. Then, while mowing, their mowers send those rocks at bullet speed flying at the people walking down the street and driving by. Now, the dirt has a lot of holes in it causing a great deal of front end damage to each car as it drives on the street. Don't guess the city or whatever construction crew responsible for that mess cares to ever come and finish what they started.

DED666 - 9/27/2013 10:00 PM
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Dealt with those people while picking up the storm debris, of all the people in Tulsa, the ones in that neighborhood are the worst. We were cussed at a couple of times because we blocked the road to keep everyone safe while the heavy equipment was used to remove the storm debris. They want work done but do not want you to get in their way to do it.
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