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Norman residents will vote on $42.6M bond proposal in August

Norman residents will get their chance to vote on a $42.6 million bond proposal that promises to address a flood-prone area dubbed “Lake McGee,” among other projects. City council members voted unanimously for an Aug. 28 special election.
by Andrew Knittle Published: April 26, 2012

— Residents will get the chance to vote on a $42.6 million bond proposal that promises to address an area in Norman dubbed “Lake McGee” because of constant flooding problems.

Members of the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to send the proposal to voters for an Aug. 28 special election.

If approved by voters, the work outlined in the proposal would begin next year with Cedar Lane Road, between 12th Avenue SE and 24th Avenue SE. The project calls for stormwater improvements and road widening in the growing area.

The work along Lindsey Street, from 24th Avenue SW to Berry Road, would begin in 2016 and cost more than $30 million. The project would include more than $4 million in stormwater improvements north of Lindsey along McGee Avenue and Wylie Road, the area dubbed “Lake McGee.”

Public Works Director Shawn O'Leary said the work along Lindsey also would address what he described as an excessive amount of driveways and access points on the busy street.

Because there are about 90 individual driveways along the stretch of Lindsey, O'Leary said it has become a traffic accident hot spot in Norman.

Other projects associated with the bond proposal include road widening at 12th Avenue SE, E Alameda Street and 24th Avenue SE.

Sections of Franklin Road, Lindsey and W Main Street would benefit from stormwater improvements to alleviate documented flooding hazards.

O'Leary said the road projects are in growing areas that are expected to continue to expand in coming years.

Finance Director Anthony Francisco said the bonds would be paid off by property owners in Norman over a 20-year period. He said the average homeowner, with a house worth $150,000, would pay less than $5 per month if voters approve the proposal.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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