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Northwest Oklahoma City water line project is progressing

A water line project that is part of the Lake Hefner water treatment plant expansion in northwest Oklahoma City is expected to be completed in September 2013.
by Matt Patterson Published: August 22, 2012
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A project that will increase water pressure for northwest Oklahoma City residents is causing short-term traffic problems.

Workers began installing 42-inch water lines in May, and the work is expected to continue until September 2013.

The installation of water lines is part of a larger project expanding the Lake Hefner water treatment plant.

“With the plant expansion to 100 million gallons per day from the Hefner plant, we needed more water lines to deliver more water,” utilities spokeswoman Debbie Ragan said.

Installation is ongoing in two sections of Hefner Road. The first is at Hefner and Western, the second at Lake Hefner Parkway and Hefner Road.

The intersection at Hefner Road and Western had been limited to one lane of traffic in each direction but was reopened to four lanes last week.

Price of progress

The project at Hefner Road and Lake Hefner Parkway has caused significant delays in traffic at peak times with a small section of the street narrowed to two lanes in front of The Lighthouse Fitness Center.

The center's general manager, Dean Murphey, said the club is encouraging members to use the facility's rear entrance instead of the Hefner Road entrance.

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by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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I know it's a little bit of an inconvenience for us, but it's not a severe problem. I also know that it's going to help down the line as far as water pressure. It's not hurting our business.”

Dean Murphey

The Lighthouse Fitness Center general manager

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