YUKON — City officials say plans to annex portions of roads split down the middle between Oklahoma City and Yukon are still in the works, but exactly how it will pan out is unclear.
Currently, many of the boundary roads between the cities are in need of repair, Yukon City Manager Grayson Bottom said. About 19 miles of shared roads exist between the two cities, primarily along W Wilshire Avenue, Sara Road and NW 10 Street.
“You have to do an analysis of the road not only today, but also years ahead so you know what your maintenance responsibility is years out,” he said. “We don't want to be unfair to one another.”
Last spring, Yukon annexed a portion of Mustang Road in front of the new high school between NW 10 and E Vandament Road. Renamed Yukon Parkway, the transfer smoothed the ruffled feathers of many Yukon residents who disdained the idea of having their high school along a road named after longtime rivals the Mustang Broncos.
Bottom said the shared boundaries often create a headache in terms of road repair and which city responds.
Near Yukon High School on Yukon Parkway is Covenant Community Church. After the name change, church workers had the task of switching to a new address after decades of having a Mustang Road address.
Church office manager Jody McBride said the post office agreed to deliver to both addresses for a year. At first, computer searches for the location would direct traffic to an address on Yukon Avenue, or it simply wouldn't find the correct place. Those problems have largely been resolved, but for public functions and on the church's website, the address is listed as formerly being on N Mustang Road.
Oklahoma City Public Works Director Eric Wenger said there are many shared roadways in the metro area.
“There are roads that exist where one side is different from the other,” Wenger said. “For now, as we look at the surrounding communities, we're trying to not make it as visible as it was in the past.”
Wenger said there are a number of joint road projects going on where Oklahoma City has one half of a roadway and another city or county is responsible for the other side.
Funding for road repairs goes toward the highest-need roads where most of the citizens are driving, Wenger said.
Bottom said the desire exists to have all the shared roads annexed to Yukon. It took more than two years for the Yukon Parkway transition to happen, and he anticipates the other roads will take a while, too.