By Conrad Dudderar
Plans are moving forward for more improvements along 11th Street on Yukon’s north side.
The Yukon City Council, at its Feb. 16th meeting, approved paying TEIM Design up to $92,640 for “engineering services and construction observation.”
A City of Yukon contractor will reconstruct two stretches of 11th Street in this latest road project:
- From Main Street (SH-66) to the south approach of the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way; and
- From the north approach of the North Canadian River bridge to Wilshire Boulevard.
City engineer Robbie Williams, in a Feb. 10th memo to Assistant City Manager Mitchell Hort, submitted a fee proposal for the 11th Street project.
The proposal covers $74,400 for engineering services (including plans, bidding services and surveys) and $18,240 for 192 hours of construction observation.
City Manager Tammy Kretchmar described services TEIM Design will provide for this project.
“They draw up the plans for the road construction, they take care of all the surveys and also will prepare the bid specs for this project,” Kretchmar told council members.
“In order for us to go out to bid now for the project, we have to have an engineer.”
Once plans have been finalized, bids will be solicited from contractors interested in the work.
The city council, at a Jan. 5th meeting, voted 3-2 to postpone paying $842,027.60 to Brewer Construction Oklahoma for these planned 11th Street road improvements.
Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton asked that this item be postponed until Kretchmar became Yukon’s new city manager.
FIRST PHASE DONE LAST FALL
With traffic north of Main Street having increased significantly in recent years, the first phase of 11th Street improvements were finished last fall.
The newly resurfaced section of road features three inches of pavement atop a 12-inch base. Drainage improvements also were done.
This $600,000 capital improvement project was between the railroad tracks and North Canadian River Bridge.
“When we were doing the other portion of 11th Street, we did not go out for bid,” Kretchmar explained. “We used our contract with Brewer Construction.”
Yukon city officials decided to resurface 11th Street both to improve the roadway and provide a detour for motorists who want to avoid State Highway 4 construction.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is widening SH-4 in two phases between Main Street (SH-66) and Wilshire in Yukon city limits.
Work started in January 2020 to create a “super” two-lane roadway with shoulders. The first phase will be complete this spring with the second phase set for construction in 2022.
The third phase of SH-4 construction – due in 2023 – will be from Wilshire north to SH-3 (Northwest Expressway) in Oklahoma City limits.