By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A resurfacing project along a previously rough stretch of 11th Street north of State Highway 66 is underway and should be done in a couple weeks.
Work is being done on 11th Street north of Main Street from the railroad tracks to the south side of the Canadian River Bridge.
The new road features three inches of pavement atop a 12-inch base. Drainage improvements also are being done.
“Traffic north of town has increased tenfold over the last five or six years,” said Jenna Roberson, the City of Yukon public information officer.
The $600,000 capital improvement is being done both to improve the roadway and provide a detour for motorists who choose to avoid State Highway 4 construction.
11th Street is being resurfaced in anticipation of increased traffic that diverts around the SH-4 project.
“The detour of the next phase of the Highway 4 project will take many motorists to 11th Street,” Roberson said.
A state contractor is in the first phase of two-phase construction project on SH-4 north of SH-66 in Yukon city limits. When that work is finished, Highway 4 will be widened with shoulders and new intersections between Main Street and Wilshire.
The 11th Street improvement is being done by Schwarz Paving through the City of Yukon’s contractor, Brewer Construction Oklahoma.
Upgrades are being funded through the City of Yukon’s 2020 bond issue.
Yukon City officials advised motorists to follow traffic signs in the construction area. Project completion is expected by mid-September.
Yukon’s 2020 revenue bond includes improvements to L.C. Taylor Park, 401 N 11th. The Yukon City Council earlier this year approved spending about $500,000 for paving and new lighting in an expanded east parking lot.
Among proposed future projects is 11th Street paving from the North Canadian River bridge north to Wilshire.