Broken Arrow city councilors to discuss final construction plans for Elm and New Orleans intersection

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By John Dobberstein, Editor

The Broken Arrow City Council is expected to hear details Tuesday on final plans for streetscape and other improvements to the intersection of New Orleans Street and Elm Place.

The city’s Engineering and Construction Department has been working with the engineering firm Kimley-Horn to complete the final construction plans for improving the intersection, which has been rebranded as New Orleans Square.

The new pavement configuration will include two through lanes in each direction along with dedicated left turn lanes at the intersection. Also, a dedicated right turn lane is included along northbound Elm Place for right turns onto east bound New Orleans Street.

The city says the proposed improvements include replacement of the interior intersection with a decorative full depth concrete pavement utilizing colored/patterned concrete and pavers.

Several color palettes have been provided by the consultant for consideration. A final decision can be made regarding the actual color scheme for the intersection after the award of the project.

The existing asphalt pavement beyond the intersection proper will be milled and overlaid extending approximately 400 feet in each direction from the center of the intersection.

Construction of the project also includes construction of approximately 2,400 feet of 12-inch waterline; 2,200 feet of 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalk; 600 feet of 10-foot-wide wide concrete trail; landscaping and hardscaping and irrigation.

Also included will be New Orleans Square gateways, street lighting and traffic signal replacement.

The city anticipates opening bids on May 10 and awarding a public construction contract at the May 17 council meeting.

Construction is expected to start at the beginning of June to maximize the time that students are not in session.

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