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December 5, 2013

City to resurface more streets

Project funds stretch far enough to work on Gulick, North 48th Street West

After substantially completing 13 milling and overlay projects throughout town, city officials ended up with enough money to resurface two more miles of Muskogee streets.

One of the additional projects included a one-mile stretch of North 48th Street West between Okmulgee and Shawnee avenues. The contractor has completed the asphalt work and had hoped to finish striping the road before the winter storm hit town Thursday.

The second added project includes a stretch of Gulick Street between south access road along Peak Boulevard extending south to Smith Ferry Road. City of Muskogee spokeswoman Kimbra Scott said that project will begin as soon as weather permits and is expected to take two days to complete.

The 15 resurfacing projects were funded by a $2.5 million grant awarded by the City of Muskogee Foundation. Glover & Associates, a Muskogee-based company, was awarded the bid to complete the first 13 projects, and its contract was amended to include the latter two projects approved a week ago by city councilors.

“Public Works is in the process of declaring the mill and overlay project substantially complete,” Scott said about the progress of the work that began the first week of October. “But there are some areas we are awaiting striping before that decision is made.”

Public Works Director Mike 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.

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.

“The city is looking forward to raising the PCI to a higher level and show citizens we are making improvements to the roads as we promised to do as we evaluated the streets,” Stewart said before work on the resurfacing projects began. “This is a boost to our paving and maintenance budget and much needed boost from the City of Muskogee Foundation.”

In addition to the 13 milling and overlay projects and two resurfacing projects, progress is being made on three other major projects. City councilors tentatively approved on Tuesday a contract extension for the South York Street widening project, which is about 70 percent complete and expected to be finished by April 20.

Preliminary work continues to progress for projects slated for Martin Luther King and North 24th streets. These three projects are being funded by a permanent quarter-cent sales tax approved in 2009 by voters for street improvements. They were identified as priority projects by a citizens’ advisory board, which also signed off on the two resurfacing projects added to the 13 milling and overlay projects.

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

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