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Traffic Talk: Will MacArthur road-widening project ever be complete?

Don Gammill: Road-widening project on MacArthur between Memorial Road and NW 150 in Oklahoma City is expected to be finished in mid-July
by Don Gammill Published: June 24, 2013
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A former city official once told me the two most important times on any major project were the start date and the completion date. I don't think you could argue with that.

So when readers ask about key construction or repair projects, I'm never surprised when they ask for those dates.

For instance …

Why is it taking so long for crews to expand MacArthur between Memorial and NW 150. It's a widening project that started before the Kilpatrick (Turnpike) widening and is nowhere near completion. Kilpatrick will be complete in about two months. Typically, only two or three workers a day are out there and only two or three days a week. It is really a poor job. I can't get the city to ever call me back. What company is actually doing the work? Thought you might know. I live out there and I cringe every time I drive it. Thanks.

— J

I think this is what you're looking for, J.

Ahmad Lesani, general obligation bond program manager for the Oklahoma City's Public Works Department, says: “Contractor is Schwarz on this project. The project is about 75 percent complete.

“Weather has slowed the paving. Also, an area halfway through MacArthur had a lot of groundwater seepage.

“By a change order, the contractor is placing underdrain pipes in the area to prevent seepage and pavement failure. Paving of the west half will resume upon completion of his work and drier conditions.

“The anticipated finish is mid-July.”

By the way …

Heavy rains such as we've had in the past three or four weeks could factor into other construction projects in Oklahoma. Don't be surprised.

Even though drought conditions have persisted in recent years, some areas have received some saturation from the late May/early June storms.

Weather can be a major factor in most any outdoor projects.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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