By Conrad Dudderar
A busy Yukon Main Street intersection is due to receive upgraded traffic signals.
The Yukon City Council, at its March 7th meeting, approved having TEIM Design provide professional engineering services for signal improvements at State Highway 66 and Yukon Parkway.
The City’s engineering firm will be paid $10,760 to prepare plans and bid specifications for the project with help from Traffic Engineering Consultants.
Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams recommended using TEIM Design as engineer for the SH-66/Yukon Parkway traffic signal upgrade.
A contractor will be selected to install GridSmart detection equipment and flashing yellow signal heads at the intersection.
Estimated project cost is $55,000-$60,000, Adams told city council members.
Similar traffic signal detector equipment with flashing yellow arrows have been installed at major intersections on Garth Brooks Boulevard.
The $10,760 engineering cost will be paid from the City of Yukon’s 2022-23 capital projects fund.
Ward 4 City Council Member Aric Gilliland hopes “at some point” that a right-turn lane will be added off SH-66 onto Yukon Parkway.
This must be approved by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation because it’s a state highway.
Adams told the city council that he does not believe the updated traffic signals would have to be “re-done” if a new right-turn lane is installed later.
THIS AND THAT …
Among other business at its March 7th meeting, the Yukon City Council approved:
- A contract with CHAHTA Architecture to provide “on-call” architectural services. Since the City of Yukon does not have a staff architect, City Manager Tammy Kretchmar recommended using CHAHTA to address any issues at aging City buildings. The first two projects will be the HVAC system at the Dale Robertson Center and failing masonry stonework at Yukon Fire Station #1.
- A fiscal year 2023 budget amendment transferring $60,000 in the capital improvement fund from Park Maintenance to Streets. This will be used for more street striping.
- A change order increasing the price of an exterior rehabilitation project at the Jackie Cooper Gymnasium by $13,008. This is the cover the cost to make drainage improvements by reducing the risk of water intrusion into offices below the flat roof.
- Acknowledging a $500 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against JUUL Labs that claimed damage to young consumers by addictive products manufactured and sold by the electronic cigarette company. The City of Yukon will receive $8,325 – less about $2,000 for attorneys’ fees, court costs and consultant fees – to release its claims against JUUL.
Under the consent docket, council members approved a lease site agreement with Cingular Wireless for a new cell tower at a city water tower, 1650 W Vandament.