By Conrad Dudderar
A stretch of State Highway 4 just north of Main Street will be closed about one month during phase two of the roadway improvement project.
The Yukon City Council, at its Aug. 3rd meeting, approved the SH-4 road closure agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT):
“ODOT proposes to improve SH-4 and such improvements will necessitate the closure of the north leg of the SH-4 and SH-66 intersection during construction for a period of approximately one month and the closure of E Wagner Road during construction of the Turtle Creek bridge box.”
The “Agreement for Use of City Street as Highway Detour” indicates traffic will be detoured:
- To W Wagner Road and 11th Street when the north leg of the SH-4/SH-66 intersection is closed.
- To Yukon Parkway when E Wagner Road is closed during work on the Turtle Creek drainage box.
State transportation officials have agreed to prohibit closures of both the north leg of the SH-4/SH-66 intersection and E Wagner Road at the same time.
They also will repair potholes created on the detour routes by detoured traffic.
ODOT is reconstructing and widening Highway 4 in three phases, the first two in Yukon city limits.
SH-4 is being rebuilt as a “super two-lane” – with new shoulders, bridges and intersections.
The $13.1 million first phase, between Wilshire and Wagner, was finished this spring.
Construction on the project’s second phase, covering 1-1/2 miles between Main Street (SH-66) and Wagner Road, will start in 2022 after ODOT hires a contractor. Estimated cost is $13 million.
Utility relocation is a few weeks away from being completed in anticipation of phase two construction. The City of Yukon is responsible for a portion of utility relocation and right-of-way acquisition costs.
A third phase of SH-4 construction, from Wilshire to N.W. Expressway (SH-3) in Oklahoma City limits, is on ODOT’s 2023 construction schedule. Estimated cost is $11.5 million.
THIS AND THAT …
In other business at their Aug. 3rd meeting, the Yukon City Council approved:
- A resolution supporting development of the U.S. Bicycle Route 66, which will loosely follow the original Route 66 highway through all states it crosses. “Bicycle tourism related to this route will contribute to economic development in the State of Oklahoma and in the City of Yukon,” Assistant City Manager Mitchell Hort wrote in a memo to the city council.
- Amending the city code to increase permitted lot coverage from 35% to 40% in the R-1 (single-family) and R-2 (combined residential) zoning districts. Anyone seeking a larger lot coverage for out-buildings and room additions can apply to the Yukon Board of Adjustments.
- An agreement with the Yukon Soccer Club to use soccer fields at Ranchwood and Taylor parks from Aug. 31, 2021 through Sept. 1, 2022.
- A resolution supporting the appointment of Vice Mayor Rick Cacini as the City of Yukon’s representative to the District 8 seat on the Oklahoma Municipal League’s board of directors.
- A resolution casting a vote for Cindi Shivers to serve as District 6 trustee for the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund.
During council discussion, At-Large City Council Member Jeff Wootton reminded motorists to “look for kids” and to “slow down” in school zones.
Yukon students return to classrooms next week with the first day of the 2021-22 school year on Thursday, Aug. 12.