Oklahoma City details spending plans on public safety, public works and MAPS

The Oklahoma City Council is considering about $1.2 billion in spending over the next five years on capital improvements for public safety, public works and MAPS projects.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: October 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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Because aging facilities are a concern for the department going forward, officials are considering a formal study of the department's future needs for facilities for subsequent capital plans.

“We've done some of our own surveys ... on what we think might need to be done,” Bryant said.

Public works

The Public Works Department has about $382 million in planned capital improvement spending in the next five years, Public Works Director Eric Wenger said.

About $284 million of that is for street projects, addressing a need that is often near or at the top of Oklahoma City residents' list of complaints.

Bridges and traffic improvements, drainage projects and public buildings like libraries make up most of the rest of the budget.

MAPS

The city expects to spend nearly $663 million on MAPS in the next five years. But not all of that will be on MAPS 3, as the city still has dollars left to spend from the MAPS for Kids program.

Construction projects will continue on several schools in the coming years, along with the new downtown elementary school and an administration building, MAPS program Director David Todd told the council.

At least some form of construction will take place for each of the MAPS 3 projects over the course of the current capital improvements plan.