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Completion of Covell project in Edmond is a month away

Work on a $1.6 million widening project at Covell Road and Kelly Avenue in Edmond is expected to be completed in about a month.
by Diana Baldwin Published: September 21, 2012
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Completion of the $1.6 million road widening project at Covell Road and Kelly Avenue is about a month away.

Crews worked this week on the driveways and intersections, said City Engineer Steve Manek.

“Some lanes are already partly open while they complete their work,” Manek said.

Three new signal lights are expected to be installed within two or three weeks.

Traffic signals will be at Thomas and Covell; Kelly and Covell, and Kiowa and the entrance to J.C. Mitch Park.

Of course, the completion schedule depends on the weather, Manek said.

Work started in late December.

State Transportation Department officials will use federal money to pay for 80 percent of the improvements.

Edmond will pay the remaining 20 percent, or $3.2 million.

City officials spent about $600,000 to move utilities getting ready for the project that adds to Edmond's four-lane corridor on the northwest side of the city.

Traffic has been snarled in the area of the construction, especially since school started. There are a number of schools in that part of the city including Cheyenne Middle School, which is in the middle of the construction area.

The speed limit in the construction area remains reduced from 45 mph to 25 mph.

“People need to slow down and pay attention,” Manek said. “It is a work zone. Please be patient. It's almost complete.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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