Garth Brooks Trail project extended

Contractor gets more time to finish 10-foot-wide sidewalk

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Representatives of the City of Yukon, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, contractor Parathon Construction and design engineer Lee Engineering participate in an August 2021 ribbon cutting to signify the start of the Garth Brooks Trail project. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A Yukon multi-use trail project will take more than two weeks longer to finish than expected.

The Yukon City Council has approved an Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) request to add 15 calendar days to the Garth Brooks Trail project contract.

The delay is “due to issues with new and existing drainage structures, utilities, and trail width issues that have impacted the critical path,” according to a change order.

This action increases the contact time from 187 to 202 days.

Parathon Construction LLC is the ODOT contractor for the Garth Brooks Trail project, which covers about one mile.

These “pedestrian improvements” feature a 10-foot-wide concrete sidewalk on the east side of Garth Brooks Boulevard from Vandament Avenue extending north of Main Street (State Highway 66). New crosswalks also are being installed.

Parathon crews in August 2021 began work on the $839.423.48 grant-supported Garth Brooks Trail project.

Eighty percent of the original project cost is covered through a federal grant. The City of Yukon is responsible for a 20% local share.

The city council in November 2021 approved spending another $17,935 to reduce the slope of a newly poured driveway in the Yukon Middle School parking lot.

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11TH STREET PROJECT

Meanwhile, the Yukon City Council has accepted an 11th Street project.

A City of Yukon contractor completed roadway improvements along N 11th between State Highway 66/Main Street and Wilshire Boulevard.

Total cost is $828,987.50.

Schwarz Paving Co.’s contract was reduced $14,658.25 because fewer quantities of pavement materials, paint striping and sodding were needed.

City council members approved city engineer Robbie Williams’ recommendation to accept the project after final inspection and execute a maintenance bond.