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Tulsa prepares for next round of road construction projects

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/03/2012 9:10 am Published: 12/02/2012 8:00 pm

Orange barrels, detour signs and big traffic backups all over Tulsa may seem never-ending, but the list of construction projects across the city is about to get even longer.

The City of Tulsa is preparing to bid out 30 new projects as the last phase of the $451.6 million "Fix Our Streets" program that voters approved in 2008.

The list includes 17 arterial street improvements and 13 residential street projects.

One of the arterial projects is on S. Yale Ave between 21st and 31st Streets.

"It's bad," Tulsan Mandy Ibrahim said. "It's potholes. And especially now that the snow and the ice is getting ready to come it's going to get worse."

That project comes with a price tag of close to $4 million, but Ibrahim says it's absolutely necessary.

"The street actually controls your car when you're driving on it," Ibrahim said.

Tulsa Tim Collins says his biggest road concern is Memorial between 11th St. and Admiral.

"Both lanes are kind of bumpy and been repaired a few times," Collins said. "It probably needs to be resurfaced to tell you the truth."

And it's going to be, at a cost of more than $4 million. The entire intersection of Memorial and Admiral is also going to be worked on.

"I'm looking forward to that," Collins said. "But, again, it will be tying up traffic with one lane each way, or whatever it is."

"Oh, I'm not looking forward to that," Ibrahim said.

Other big projects on the list include Harvard between Admiral and Pine, Lewis from 36th to 46th Streets North, Lewis from 11th to 21st Streets, and Harvard between 51st and 61st Streets.

There are also 13 residential projects on the list, with at least one in each of the nine city council districts.

Some of the projects are scheduled for completion by late 2013, but others won't be finished until the middle of 2014.

That means almost two more years dealing with construction headaches, and that's without any other projects that could also be started during that time.

"It's kind of like gas prices or anything else," Collins said. "We've gotta live with it."

"It's something to look forward to when it is complete."

While having so many projects going at once isn't idea, the city and state have to get projects done when they have the funding.

Since the work is inevitable, Ibrahim is just trying to stay positive.

"Maybe if we do it all at once we get it over with."

The total cost for the 30 projects is expected to run about $104 million.

The projects are part of the "Fix Our Streets" program, which is funded by bonds and sales tax.

"Fix Our Streets" expires in 2014. City leaders are already working on a new list of projects, and will ask voters to approve an extension of the program next November.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/3/2012 3:11 AM
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It's like a video game all the who's in hortonville talk about it till they start it. They talk about it while it's going on. It's no wonder Horton heard them.
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