The Pryor Times

May 30, 2013

Elliott Street still not open

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Elliott Street in Pryor could undergo one more change before it is re-opened.

The street has been closed for a number of months for renovations. Though the estimated completion date has been pushed back multiple times, Mayes County Commissioner Darrell Yoder has been assured that crews are almost finished with the project.

The Pryor Street Committee had a meeting to discuss the removal of the curve at Southeast 29th and South Elliott Streets and replace it with a non-stop intersection.

Yoder was present to voice his opinion, as was Pryor Assistant Police Chief Derek Melton and several residents of the area.

“Closing time at that plant (the industrial park), the traffic backs up past the bridge. A lot of those drivers don't even stop at that stop sign, they just slow down and roll on through,” said Yoder. “The main concern there is safety.”

Melton said there have been two traffic accidents at that curve in the last 15 years.

The proposed solution was up for discussion. One suggested included creating a T-intersection and relocating the stop signs. A few residents suggested a traffic light while Yoder said removing the stop sign for drivers traveling northbound might reduce the back log and keep traffic flowing.

Some residents said allowing traffic to flow through without stopping so close to a school zone would create problems of its own.

The issue was tabled and will be taken before the full city council who will decide what, if any, changes need to be made to the street.

Across town in the commissioners meeting, Yoder discussed another road closing in Pryor.

“On Thursday, the old Pryor Creek Bridge will be closed permanently. This is the old truss bridge,” said Yoder. “It goes out for bid in July then there's 30 days to award the bid.”

After the bid is awarded, it can be up to 90 days before work begins, so it could be November before construction on the new bridge progresses.