By Conrad Dudderar
More than $1 million in upgrades is coming to a well-traveled Yukon roadway after recent Yukon City Council action.
Council members, at their regular meeting July 6, awarded two bids:
- $842,745.74 to Schwarz Paving Co. for roadway improvements along N 11th Street between SH-66 (Main Street) and Wilshire Boulevard.
- $169,800 to Midstate Traffic Control, Inc. to replace traffic signal detector equipment at five intersections along Garth Brooks Boulevard.
City engineer Robbie Williams of TEIM Design recommended Schwarz Paving for the 11th Street improvements after bids were opened from five contractors. Other bids ranged from $913,380 to $1,055,107.50.
The contractor will reconstruct two stretches of 11th 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.
There is no timetable yet on when these improvements will be done.
“We have not met with them (Schwarz Paving),” Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar advised council members. “We will, pre-construction, have a meeting.”
First-phase 11th Street improvements were finished in fall 2020 between the railroad tracks and North Canadian River bridge. Cost was $600,000.
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 between Main Street (SH-66) and Wilshire in Yukon city limits. The first construction phase is finished and the second phase is due to start in early 2022.
IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW
Meanwhile, city engineer Williams recommended Midstate Traffic Control for the Garth Brooks Boulevard traffic signal detector equipment replacement project.
Midstate was the only qualified bidder. The engineer’s cost estimate was $178,241.50.
The company will install new detector equipment at five intersections between NW 10th and Vandament.
The City of Yukon is replacing signal loop detectors with the “Smart Grid” camera system as the last step in traffic flow upgrades on Garth Brooks Boulevard.
Earlier this year, city contractors installed new right-turn lanes onto Interstate 40 and new traffic signal controllers. The work is being done to reduce vehicle back-ups along the high-traffic Yukon business corridor.