EDMOND — Road closings necessary for construction of the new public safety center in downtown Edmond could take place by the end of the week.
The roads could be closed up to 720 calendar days, the amount of time contractor Timberlake Construction of Oklahoma City has to build the 70,000-square-foot building on the southeast corner of Littler Avenue and First Street.
The four-story building will be the home of police headquarters, public safety communications and emergency management operations.
Also being constructed is a building at 315 W 33rd St. that will house the crime lab and vehicle and evidence storage.
The public safety center complex will cost $27.5 million. Voters in October 2011 approved a half-cent sales tax for five years to pay for the two buildings.
Littler Avenue from Second Street north to the alley on the north side of the police department and municipal courts.
The alley on the north side of FedEx Kinkos and Taco Bueno.
First Street between Boulevard and Littler Avenue.
First Street from Broadway to Littler Avenue will be open only to local traffic.
Construction also will eliminate parking around the construction site and city hall.
“It is going to be a headache for two years,” said Deputy Chief Steve Thompson. “But at the end of two years, we will have something for 50 years.”
The road closures are also going to cause problems for police officers trying to leave the station at 23 E First St.
Officers will no longer go into the downtown station to write their reports at the end of their shifts. Instead, they will write their reports on laptop computers in their patrol cars while sitting in elementary school parking lots to beef up security.
“That should help a little,” Thompson said.
Residents can watch the construction of the public safety center on their computers by going to www.edmondok.com/index.aspx?nid=1079.
Timberlake was expected Tuesday to obtain the necessary permits to begin construction.
“By the end of the week, we will have a pre-construction meeting,” Thompson said. “We will begin construction by the middle of September. They will start digging a hole.”