Road project causing concern in Tulsa

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Reported by: Miranda Christian
Updated: 1/23 10:02 pm Published: 1/23 9:03 pm

A major road project is causing concern in midtown Tulsa.

A sewer project near 11th and Harvard is expected to tie up traffic for a couple of weeks.

The project began in October 2012 and is finally hitting the last phase, but it didn't come soon enough.

"It's pretty annoying," said Samuel Lee.

Lee works at Harvard Shoe Services and Alterations.

"There is a lot of traffic backed up, you could say that business is slowing down just a little bit," Lee said.

Lanes have to be closed to finish off the project, which has been about a mile in length.

"It's about a $4.7 million project and 85 percent complete," said Britt Vance, project engineer for the city of Tulsa.

Vance said the pipes are being replaced to prevent flooding.

"When you have big rain fall, you put a lot of rain water and when you have too much of that it can cause overflow," said Vance.

Gary Hoops lives right by the construction and is glad the work is being done, despite the mess it's created.

"It's been noisy, but the guys have been really cooperative, they move when I get in and out of the driveway, I can't complain at all really," said Hoops.

The city said they realize it can be frustrating to drive through the construction.

"It's flustering for anyone who drives through it but that's the price you pay, if they just bear with us for a couple weeks they won't have to worry about that particular place anymore," Vance said.

The road construction is expected to be finished by Feb. 7.

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