Share “Oklahoma City Boulevard recommendation has...”

Oklahoma City Boulevard recommendation has raised portion only at Western

The design recommended by consultants for the western end of the future downtown Oklahoma City Boulevard has a raised roadway only at an overpass at Western Avenue. The city and consultants are formally unveiling the recommendation Monday at a public meeting.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: November 30, 2012
Advertisement

The other most significant change to the design is that it consolidates traffic on Western and Classen Boulevard to go under the boulevard in one place, which is part of an overall design change designed to make downtown traffic-flow more efficient, Wenger said.

“It helps eliminate an intersection, reducing a lot of the traffic congestion in the area,” Wenger said.

Questions remain

No matter what design is chosen, questions about how the boulevard will look east of Reno Avenue have yet to be answered.

Wenger said “discussions are still taking place” on how limited access to the boulevard will be, and how extensive street-side parking will be.

If the boulevard is constructed based on the consultant's recommendation, it will likely result in some cost savings as compared with the first design possibility, Wenger said.

But how the savings would be used remains to be seen.

“There will be future meetings as part of the MAPS 3 projects and the overall design of the boulevard,” Wenger said.

The boulevard, although separate from MAPS 3, is nonetheless essentially an element of some of the program's cornerstone projects. The MAPS 3 convention center and urban park are both expected to border the boulevard.

Meeting planned

The meeting during which the design recommendation will be formally unveiled is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, 425 E California Ave., and is open to the public. It will be shown live online on the city's Ustream.tv channel.

More public meetings regarding design elements of the boulevard are expected to follow. The city and state Transportation Department will solicit feedback from people about the design.

The boulevard, expected to be completed in 2014, will follow the alignment of the old Crosstown Expressway from west of downtown into Bricktown.

For more information about the meeting, or to see the designs or download comment forms, go to www.okc.gov/okcblvd.