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Posted on: December 12, 2019

Road projects more than what’s on the surface

Lynn Lane widening

Many Broken Arrow residents are experiencing significantly shorter commutes to work and school due to the just-completed Lynn Lane widening project from Kenosha Avenue to Houston Street.

The roadway had once been prone to mile-long congestion before and after the last school bell. Now widened from two to five lanes, and with a new intersection, the signal light helps drivers travel more efficiently.

Few people realize the amount of work that goes into this type of road project.

Timothy Robins, PE., Construction Division Manager for the City of Broken Arrow, explained some of the challenges in improving the City's streets and infrastructure. He said one issue with this project was a lack of storm drains on each side of the road.

STARTING UNDERGROUND. "First, we installed a 12-inch water line from just south of St. Anne Catholic Church to FlightSafety International," Robins said.

There were roughly 3,000 linear feet of piping and storm sewer lines added underground.

"We then went into subgrade modification of the pavement, built up the pavement, and then duplicated that same process on the other side."

Next, the sidewalks, intersections, and traffic signals were installed and, finally, the street striping.

PROACTIVE PLANNING. The City of Broken Arrow proactively protects residents and business owners with our construction project planning by ensuring that roads are kept open during construction. Lynn Lane remained open during the length of the construction project.

"We did minor detours during the day, but we had road traffic open the duration of the project, which is unheard of on a project of this size," Robins said.

BUSINESS FRIENDLY. Alfa Laval, 1201 S. 9th St., is on the south end of Lynn Lane and needs access to this heavy-traffic corridor. The company fabricates large HVAC pieces of equipment for rooftops and uses heavy trucks with wide-loads. To accommodate Alfa Laval's business needs, the City of Broken Arrow decided during the planning stage to keep the traffic open going both ways.

"We put it in the plans to maintain two open lanes of traffic for the entirety of the project," Robins said. "We try and replicate that with every project. Our goal is to provide three lanes of traffic for drivers, even if that means paying a contractor extra to provide that access."

Another issue for this project included coordination with the patio homes condominium property on the north side of the Detroit Street intersection.

"We also purchased and demolished four houses that were on a property that conflicted with our right of way, and then created a parking lot for the condominium facility," Robins said.

Voters approved the widening of 9th Street between Houston (81st) Street and the FlightSafety International campus as part of both the 2011 and 2014 General Obligation Bond packages. The project cost about $4.3 million to complete.

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