By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
The next phase of a project to improve traffic flow along a busy Yukon thoroughfare is expected to start next month.
A City of Yukon contractor will install dedicated right-turn lanes from Garth Brooks Boulevard onto the eastbound and westbound Interstate 40 ramps.
“This is the second of several phases that we’re doing on Garth Brooks that, hopefully, will get that traffic moving a lot better,” Yukon Development Services Director Mitchell Hort said.
The Yukon City Council has approved paying $322,694.92 to Brewer Construction Oklahoma for the right-turn lane project.
“We are adding right-hand turn lanes off Garth Brooks onto I-40.” Hort told council members. “This will get that traffic moving a little bit faster to the east and to the west.”
REDUCE THE STACKING
Hort estimated work will begin during the second week of January, weather permitting.
Construction will be at the eastbound and westbound service roads to the north (near Braums) and south (near Del Taco) of the Garth Brooks Boulevard/I-40 interchange.
The new right-turn lanes will be several hundred feet in both directions to allow “quite a bit of (vehicle) stacking”, Hort explained.
This phase of the project will include a video camera to help traffic move better along the well-traveled route.
The first phase of the Garth Brooks Boulevard project will coordinate the traffic signals at all intersections between Vandament and N.W. 10th Street.
This also will help reduce the stacking of vehicles along the high-traffic commercial corridor, city officials said.
Triad Design Group is engineer for the upcoming traffic improvements.