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June 24, 2014

Main street paving may be in July

PRYOR, OK — The Graham Avenue paving project date is not set in stone.

The Pryor main street repaving project is moving forward as the contract has been reviewed and approved.

Mayor Jimmy Tramel said the project comes out of a partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation who will be doing the actual work. The contract stipulates that ODOT has until October 2015 to begin the work but according to Tramel they said they'd prefer to start it sooner rather than later.

Steve Powell of Mehlberger Brawley Engineering said one requirement to complete the project is that all handicap ramps on the street meet current ADA standards, meaning a few will have to be redone. The state will then lay the asphalt on main street  from Highway 69 to Hogan Street. The city is then responsible for restriping the section.

Tramel said the project was at least seven years out so this partnership provides faster results and saves the town money.

“They are working on Highway 69 at the same time, they've already bid that project out. So be prepared for traffic and parking issues in that area once construction starts,” said Tramel.

Powell encouraged the use of side streets and alley parking.

“I know it'd be an added expense for us but has anyone looked into off street parking  by the library,” said council member Drew Stott.

Powell said he doesn't see adding that to the scope of this project.

When council member Travis Noland asked about walking signals to make the street more pedestrian friendly, Powell gave him the same answer.

Noland added that in preparation for this project, it may be a time to consult with Pryor's Municipal Utility Board on the subject of changing away from timer traffic lights.

The city is shelling out $106,422.15 for the repaving of 1,966 feet.  


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