By Conrad Dudderar
Motorists who regularly travel along a teeth-chattering section of road in north Yukon have started doing backflips.
That’s because Oklahoma City officials plan to rebuild a pothole-filled, patched-up section of Wilshire Road between State Highway 4 and Morgan Road.
The City of Yukon will de-annex its half of Wilshire in this area to Oklahoma City, according to Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar.
“I did receive a call from the city manager of Oklahoma City,” she told Yukon City Council members at their Feb. 15th meeting. “They are ready to move forward with Wilshire.”
Wilshire is particularly rough between SH-4 (Piedmont Road) and the Kilpatrick Turnpike, where drivers have complained their vehicles sustained damage.
Ward 3 Council Member Donna Yanda is well pleased that this worn-out stretch of Wilshire will finally be addressed.
“The best news I’ve heard today are the Wilshire improvements,” Yanda said. “I’m so excited for those to begin and I know we’ll have a lot of happy residents.”
Mayor Shelli Selby agreed, saying “that is so awesome.”
Ownership of Wilshire is now divided between Yukon and Oklahoma City from Richland Road east to Sara Road; Yukon has the south side and Oklahoma City has the north side.
After the annexation is finalized, Oklahoma City will handle all maintenance along this section of Wilshire.
This area is part of Oklahoma City’s Ward 1, represented by City Council Member Bradley Carter.
“Yukon does not have the finances to do their half of the road,” Carter said. “So, they have agreed to annex that 12-13 feet of road to Oklahoma City. Then, Oklahoma City will accept that and maintain the road.”
The first-year council member is working with District 1 Canadian County Commissioner Marc Hader on plans to improve three miles of Wilshire from Morgan Road west to SH-4.
“Around June, July and August, they have a crew that will be willing to get that road re-done,” Carter added. “We will provide the materials; the county will provide the labor aspect. If Yukon will sign the (annexation) documents, it will be done before the end of the year.
“We’ve been pushing this for quite some time. My hope was that we were going to be able to do a joint venture with Yukon.”
In her report to the city council, Kretchmar provided updates of capital improvement projects being performed by City of Yukon contractors.
- Turtle Creek Drainage: The Corps of Engineers has approved a permit so drainage ditch repairs can be made near houses behind Kimbell Park. This project is due to start next week.
- Wagner Road: This arterial street between SH-4 and Yukon Parkway will be rebuilt starting in early March. The road will be closed except to “local traffic.”
- Water Tower Cleaning: The water tower at Cornwell and Von Elm Avenue will be cleaned starting next week. Most of the tower will be emptied.
- Garth Brooks Trail: The north side of this multi-use trail project on Garth Brooks Boulevard near Main Street should be finished “in the next couple weeks.” Then, the state transportation department’s contractor will move to the south side at Vandament to make all four corners Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant.