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August 27, 2013

Council approves $2.18M street resurfacing contract

Work scheduled for 13 stretches throughout city

City councilors paved the way toward the completion of more than a dozen major street resurfacing projects throughout Muskogee, approving a $2.18 million contract.

The pavement maintenance projects primarily will address deteriorating pavement on arterial streets that serve commercial districts. The remainder of the milling, asphalt overlay and striping projects will upgrade some major collector streets.

The projects will require the contractor, Glover & Associates, to remove about two inches of the existing pavement and overlay that portion with asphalt. Public Works Director Mike Stewart said all 13 projects will be at one stage or another between about Oct. 1 and Dec. 1.

The milling and overlay projects will be funded by a $2.5 million grant approved in April by the City of Muskogee Foundation board. Stewart told city councilors that without the foundation grant, “we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about this today.”

Stewart said the projects slated for improvements were identified after the completion in 2012 of a block-by-block assessment of Muskogee’s streets. The assessment revealed an overall pavement condition index of 59 out of 100, which Stewart said is about average for cities of similar size and age in Oklahoma.

Stewart said the streets selected for the resurfacing project package have PCI ratings that range from 40 to 70. The PCI rating for those streets will improve to 90 once the milling, asphalt overlays and striping are completed.

Work is expected to begin in earnest by Oct. 1, with substantial completion attained in about 60 days barring any adverse weather. Final completion could take up to 30 more days.

Stewart said once work begins, motorists should be prepared for congested traffic in the project areas or plan to take alternate routes. An effort to keep the public informed of any potential closings is among Stewart’s priorities.

“We’re going to have a lot of unhappy motorists until we get this done,” Stewart said about the attitudes of motorists before, during and after the milling and overlay projects. “I will have people upset because traffic flows will be disrupted, but we will work closely with the contractor to keep some of those lanes open while the work progresses.”

Many of the streets where the work will be done will include signage that indicates shared usage by automobiles and bicycles. East Side Boulevard from Okmulgee Avenue to Gibson Street will include a bicycle lane.

Both ideas were applauded by Doug Walton, the coordinator of the Muskogee County Turning Point Coalition’s food and fitness initiative. He commended the street advisory committee and officials who worked to help facilitate the expanded use of bicycles on city streets.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

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