Weather permitting, Ardmore motorists may have a smoother commute down Washington Street before Santa arrives.
City Engineer Thomas Mansur said the reconstruction project spearheaded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has progressed without any bumps along the road.
Providing the the weather cooperates —  work must be halted if temperatures drop below 40 degrees or it rains —  all major patching and construction work could be done by the middle of December.
“They’re pretty much on schedule,” Mansur said. “They’re a little bit ahead of schedule on the patching, so I think they’re doing OK.”
The project began on Sept. 5, and drivers have been restricted to one lane northbound and one lane southbound. Mansur said construction workers haven’t encountered any major obstacles in the resurfacing project.
According to Mansur, a diamond grinder will be used to smooth the final surfaces of both old and new pavement for a seamless ride, then Washington Street will undergo a final striping.
There still remains a chance that Ardmore will see Washington Street continue to undergo construction into January.
But Mansur is confident ODOT, under clear skies, will wrap things up before unwrapping presents under the tree.
“Crews want it done before Christmas just like we do,” Mansur said. “All the heavy stuff should be done by the first or second week of December.”