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by Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 25, 2012

In recent weeks it’s been difficult not to notice the disparity in urgency used to finish the Project 180 makeover of Civic Center Park and the surrounding streets in time for the celebration Thursday of the 75th anniversary of the Civic Center Music Hall compared to the pace of work on other Project 180 streets.
At the Civic Center, crews with Wynn Construction have been seen working nights, working weekends, working daily.
Around City Hall, Rudy Construction is back at work after seemingly absent most of the summer. Streets were torn up early on … and then nothing for a long, long time. During such waits, businesses have suffered. Some closed their doors.
I asked City Engineer Eric Wenger – does such disparity in urgency signify that getting work done for a party is more important than ending the suffering of downtown businesses?
Wenger responded that in the case of Rudy Construction, it was the Oklahoma City Museum of Art that asked for construction to be put on hold while a delicate glass art installation took place. OK. But throughout downtown with Project 180, we’ve seen streets torn up …. and then more often than not, we’ve seen everything shut down for weeks on end before construction resumed.
Wenger admits this isn’t the best way to proceed. He promises staging of such projects will be done differently with the final two phases of Project 180.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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