EDMOND — Oklahoma Transportation Department and Federal Highway Administration officials are asking for comments about a proposed $4.5 million road-reconstruction project to add two more lanes adjacent to Edmond 66 Park.
State and federal officials have been working with the city of Edmond to obtain 1.2 acres of the 146-acre community park for the right of way, which consists of less than 0.9 percent of the park. None of the park’s key features will be affected.
The construction site would be 1.3 miles from Post Road to Westminster Road, said Cole Hackett, Transportation Department spokesman.
The work is expected to be started during in fiscal year 2016-2017. Construction period should take less than a year.
“We rely on public comments,” Hackett said. “If there is anything that is an issue, we need to address it.”
The following fiscal year, plans are to add shoulders and resurface the roadway from east of Arcadia to the county line.
Plans in the fiscal year 2018-2019 are to resurface the roadway through the town of Arcadia, Hackett said.
The resurfacing throughout Arcadia was decided after people in the town in 2011 voiced their opposition to changing the aesthetics of the historical roadway.
Edmond officials, meanwhile, welcomed the plan to widen the two-lane road where it travels past Edmond 66 Park, a proposed community park and softball fields that are expected to open this summer.
They are interested in the ambiance of Route 66 because the new park has a Route 66 theme and decor. The main concern, though, is the protection of the turn lanes, they said when state transportation officials proposed the reconstruction.
Comments on the project near Edmond 66 Park will be accepted until June 13. The comments can be mailed to Dawn Sullivan, Environmental Programs Division Engineer, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, 200 NW 21, Room 3D3, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.