MAPS 3 construction in Oklahoma City almost under way

The MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board recommended Thursday that the Oklahoma City Council approve a $3.1 million contract to install improved racecourse lighting on the Oklahoma River. It would represent the first major construction as part of MAPS 3.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: June 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm •  Published: June 29, 2012
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MAPS 3 construction in Oklahoma City is about to begin in earnest.

The MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board recommended approval Thursday of a $3.1 million contract for racecourse lighting improvements on the Oklahoma River.

David Todd, the city's MAPS program manager, said the lighting improvements will represent the first major construction project for MAPS 3. Construction on various projects is expected to continue though 2021.

“It's a good day, because we've made that transition into construction now,” Todd said. “As we go along, we'll continue to see more.”

The advisory board's recommendation will be forwarded to the Oklahoma City Council for formal approval. The council typically follows the board's recommendations with only a few exceptions.

Wynn Construction Co. turned in the lowest bid and will be awarded the contract if the council approves.

Lights for TV

The lighting improvements involve towering light poles along 500 meters of the Oklahoma River's racecourse. The lights will be brightest near the finish line for potential television coverage of night races, and the standards can support more lighting down the line

The original bids for the lighting improvements came in well over budget, so city staff and the MAPS 3 river subcommittee worked to change the requirements. More specific instructions allowed the bidders to reduce estimated expenses.