Broken Arrow asking feds for $25 million to improve Lynn Lane traffic congestion
By John Dobberstein, Editor
The area of Ninth Street between Kenosha and Albany streets has become of a bane of motorists in Broken Arrow as population growth and retail development have overwhelmed the five-lane arterial.
But city officials are seeking help from the federal government to revamp that stretch of Lynn Lane.
The Broken Arrow City Council approved an application for a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to support the 9th Street Corridor Safety Improvement Project to improve traffic flow and pedestrian and bike safety on 9th from Kenosha to Albany.
The proposed project would widen 9th Street, also known as Lynn Lane, from five to seven lanes — three lanes in each direction with a center turn lane and a new westbound on-ramp to State Highway 51.
The stretch of 9th Street being targeted for work sees about 48,700 cars per day through the intersection.
The requested grant is a part of the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Transportation Discretionary Grants Program.
The monies, if approved, would be used to construct improvements to the bridge and the interchange reconfiguration with the Broken Arrow Expressway (SH-51).
“We believe the project will greatly improve pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow in the area,” Broken Arrow Mayor Debra Wimpee said. “This will allow lower-income residents better access to goods, services, recreational areas, and local places of employment.”
On a recent trip to Washington D.C., Wimpee said the city council had secured the support of the city’s delegations. Rep. Kevin Hern has already sent a letter to accompany the grant application.
Sen. James Inhofe’s office has said his correspondence is on the way.
In addition to mitigating congestion and traffic accidents, the proposed project will increase overall safety by constructing an area of separation between vehicles and pedestrians.
“We believe this is a critical infrastructure project for our community, and we enthusiastically support it,” Wimpee said.
The RAISE Grant, if awarded, would supplement existing local funds from the 2018 General Obligation Bond and possible State of Oklahoma funding.