By Conrad Dudderar
Motorists traveling along 10th Street on Yukon’s south border are due some welcome relief.
A new traffic signal at NW 10th and Shedeck Parkway is among capital improvement projects included in the City of Yukon’s 2023-24 budget. This is the intersection just south of Gold’s Gym and Buffalo Wild Wings.
The Yukon City Council, at its Sept. 19th meeting, approved paying a $165,246 fee to TEIM Design for engineering services on a much-anticipated project at that busy intersection.
“The project will add additional pavement on each side of NW 10th Street to accommodate left turn lanes onto Shedeck Parkway and the private development drive to the south,” TEIM Design President Joe Davis wrote in an Aug. 24th memo to Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar.
“The project will also have a new traffic signal, require modifications to existing drainage structures and utility relocations.”
TEIM Design will coordinate all utility relocations with nine utility companies within the right-of-way and prepare all easement legal instruments for these utility relocations.
The city’s engineering firm will provide bidding services, construction administration and inspections.
NW 10th has seen a significant increase in traffic in recent years with development on both the north (Yukon) and south (Oklahoma City) sides from Cornwell/Czech Hall Road to Garth Brooks Boulevard/Cemetery Road.
Frequent vehicle congestion occurs along this arterial street – which is owned by Yukon.
A new mixed-use commercial/office development, auto dealership and significant housing growth are all occurring on the south side of 10th Street – which is in Oklahoma City limits.
A private developer will pay $600,000 to the City of Yukon toward the cost of the new NW 10th/Shedeck Parkway traffic signal.
“We don’t have a construction cost yet,” Mayor Shelli Selby said. “We will be going out for bid.”
Meanwhile, the Yukon City Council on Sept. 19 approved paying a $79,667 fee to TEIM Design for engineering services on another capital project.
A City of Yukon contractor will install a 12-inch waterline along Lakeshore Drive from the west side of Yukon Parkway to the east corporate limit line.
The new waterline will replace an old existing waterline on the south side of Lakeshore Drive.