Up to $450,000 approved to fix distressed pavement near NOS project


By John Dobberstein, Editor

The Broken Arrow City Council agreed Tuesday to spend up to $450,000 to fix additional roadway and sidewalk areas near the New Orleans Square street revitalization project after finding distressed pavement that needs repair.

The road and streetscape project was to only include work up to 400 feet in each direction from the intersection to keep the project in budget. But during construction, asphalt pavement beyond the design limits has been a source of discussion, the city said, noting some of the existing pavement “shows signs of serious deformation and distress.”

City Manager Michael Spurgeon asked city staff to review the condition of the asphalt roadway sections beyond the pre-construction limit. Extending the pavement resurfacing effort to adequately address the additional areas will cost an estimated $300,000.

Staff also examined the sidewalk section along the west side of Elm Place, directly south of the limits of the construction project. To include this stretch of sidewalk and bring it up to current Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, the work will cost about $50,000.

The city estimates an additional $100,000 would be needed to properly construct the new asphalt sections. Funding for up to $450,000 in repairs is funded through the current available Streets Sales Tax fund balance.

Tim Robbins, construction division manager for the city, said the extra work will likely mobilize in late April with asphalt being laid in early May. The extra work will help “make it look more complete right now, instead of forecasting out projects later on.”

Spurgeon said he’s been watching the project for the last couple of months and he feels this work must be completed. “We can’t leave the intersection until we get this work done,” he said.

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