The Pryor Times

June 25, 2013

Elliott complete, other road closings continue

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Pryor drivers were relieved to see Elliott Street is complete, and reopened.

At the meeting last Tuesday, the Pryor City Council continued discussion on removing the curve at Southeast 29th and Elliott Streets. The issue was brought to light by County Commissioner Darrell Yoder who wanted to alleviate the backup of cars from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. Several suggestions were made including moving stop signs, removing stop signs, adding a traffic light or removing the curve to create a non-stop intersection.

Mayor Jimmy Tramel said he spoke to Yoder, who wants the street to be a non-stop throughway. As this was not the council’s chosen solution he withdrew his offer to fund the project, said Tramel.

Residents near 15th and Vann Streets are seeing an increase in traffic as drivers are detoured through their neighborhood. The Pryor street project brought construction to Vann Street just in time. Pryor Municipal Utility Manager Gary Pruett, who drives the road daily, said he's seen the street raise when the weather is hot. When the temperature cools, it goes back down to normal. As temperatures rose Friday while crews were working on the street, it completely buckled. As a result crews had to remove that section. As the street was scheduled for repair anyway, it is not expected to take any additional time.

A portion of old Highway 20 is still closed for construction, leaving only one lane open.  

“We are not satisfied with that crew,” said Tramel. “We'll have weekly progress meetings from now on to see what the problem is, but we are not tolerating it.” That particular section of road has seen setbacks causing the repair to take longer than anticipated.

The construction on Surrey Drive is on schedule and has seen no setbacks.