By Conrad Dudderar
The City of Yukon will contribute more that – combined with a federal grant – will fund a new, multi-use trail along Garth Brooks Boulevard.
The Yukon City Council recently approved two “add-alternates” totaling $121,883.89 for the 10-foot-wide Garth Brooks Trail. The sidewalk project will be installed on the east side of Garth Brooks Boulevard between Main Street and Vandament.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) commissioners on April 5 awarded a contract to install the new trail. Construction timeline is about six months, weather permitting.
The state transportation commission previously opened competitive bids from eight contractors interested in this pedestrian improvement project. Parathon Construction LLC was low bidder.
Total estimated project cost is $889,518.89, which includes a “base bid” plus these two add-alternates:
- Installing crosswalks at the Vandament/Garth Brooks Boulevard intersection, and
- Replacing five-foot-wide sidewalk in front of Mollie Spencer Farm to match the rest of the 10-foot-wide sidewalk.
Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar asked city council members to approve the additional $121,883.89 to pay for the add-alternates.
“The federal share is capped at $515,960,” Kretchmar explained in a March 24th memo. “The City of Yukon has already placed into deposit with ODOT, $251,675 towards the construction cost.”
The City of Yukon last year was awarded a $515,960 federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant for the Garth Brooks Trail project.
ODOT recommended the trail be 10-feet wide so the City of Yukon could be eligible for grant funds.
Construction of the Garth Brooks Trail will encourage Yukon residents to safely walk and ride their bicycles, city officials said.
The City of Yukon’s trails program is designed to improve public health and safety while enhancing bike and pedestrian traffic, according to city grant writer Claudia Krshka.
A contractor in 2020 completed another grant-funded, multi-use trail between Dickenson Park at First and Poplar to Yukon’s east edge on Lakeshore Drive.
SH-4 UTILITY RELOCATIONS
To prepare for phase two construction of the State Highway 4 project, contracts have been signed for about $1.8 million in required utility relocations.
Bids were awarded to:
- Shawnee Mission Tree Service DBA SMC Utility Construction for water line relocations ($541,149), and
- Krapff Reynolds Construction for sewer line relocations ($1,263,106).
The City of Yukon is partnering with ODOT to move water and sewer lines on SH-4 between SH-66 (Main Street) and Wagner Road.
The City of Yukon’s share is $442,158 and ODOT will pay $1,362,097 for the utility relocations.
Construction of phase one of the SH-4 project, between Wilshire and Wagner Road in Yukon city limits, is expected to be finished this spring.
Phase two construction is due to start in 2022 after ODOT approves a contractor.