By Conrad Dudderar
Contractors interested in helping improve traffic flow at a high-traffic Yukon intersection have until May 25 to submit proposals.
The Yukon City Council, at its May 2 meeting, approved bid specifications for a project to upgrade traffic signals at the State Highway 66/Yukon Parkway intersection.
This has become one of the busiest intersections on Yukon’s east side, with the Walmart Neighborhood Market, Yukon Crossing mixed-use development, Life Church-Yukon, several housing additions, and churches to the north.
TEIM Design, the City of Yukon’s engineering firm, will advertise for bids for the SH-66/Yukon Parkway intersection improvements.
“The project will replace the traffic signal detection system at this intersection,” city engineer Robbie Williams told council members.
Sealed bids must be submitted by 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25 to the City Clerk’s Office at Yukon City Hall, 500 W Main.
The Yukon City Council is expected to consider awarding the contract at its June 6 meeting, Williams added
Ward 4 City Council Member Aric Gilliland asked whether these improvements would stand if a right-turn lane is ultimately installed from SH-66 onto Yukon Parkway.
“The cabinet does have the load switches that we could add a signal head for a right-turn lane,” Williams replied.
A new turn lane would have to be approved by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation because Highway 66 is a state roadway.
The winning bidder will install GridSmart detection equipment and flashing yellow signal heads at the SH-66/Yukon Parkway intersection.
Estimated project cost is $55,000-$60,000, according to Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams.
Traffic Engineering Consultants of Oklahoma City prepared the bid specifications for the intersection improvements.
The “existing roadway shall remain open during construction” and a “minimum of one lane in each direction shall be maintained at all times,” according to bid specs.
Project duration is 120 days.
Contractors interested in bidding on the project are required to attend a “pre-bid” conference on May 11 inside the Yukon City Hall conference room.
GridSmart traffic signal detector equipment with flashing yellow arrows have been installed at other major intersections along Garth Brooks Boulevard.