Ardmore city commissioners approved two agreements with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation on Monday involving two state highways that run through the city.
Portions of State Highway 199 will eventually be converted into municipal streets after ODOT completes repair work on Washington Street, Mayor Doug Pfau said following Monday night’s regular meeting.
“I think by this time next year we’ll own it all,” Pfau said of the road segments listed in the agreement.
The segments include State Highway 199, beginning at the east terminus of I-35 ramps on West Broadway Street, all segments on West Broadway Street, East Broadway Street, Main Street, North Washington Street and South Washington Street and the segment of State Highway 199 on Sam Noble Parkway from North Washington Street to State Highway 142 junction.
All of the segments combined include approximately five miles of streets. Pfau said with ODOT giving the city the opportunity to take over the roads, the city will be able to take care of things like potholes and overlay work, which is especially encouraging given the city’s Streetscape Project plans.
“We’ve been wanting this for a long time,” Commissioner Martin Dyer said.
Before the segments are converted, ODOT will ensure that all necessary improvements are made to the road to meet the minimum design guidelines, City Manager JD Spohn said.
The other ODOT agreement the city approved involved State Highway 142. With ODOT’s plans to replace a bridge over BNSF Railroad, located approximately 3.8 miles east of I-35, the highway will need to be temporarily closed, which means traffic will be detoured.
The agreement allows ODOT to use Refinery Road for the detour route and upon completion of the bridge replacement, ODOT will construct a new, two-inch mill and asphalt overlay on Refinery Road, Spohn said.
“I think it’s important to note that it’s probably about five years out,” Spohn said, adding it is part of ODOT’s process for getting things in the system and ready to go when the time comes. “This agreement is an important piece for that puzzle to come together.”
Other agreements approved Monday night included a Third Quarter property insurance payment and auto insurance payment to Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group. The quarterly property insurance payment was $33,833 and the auto insurance payment was $47,491.25.
The board of commissioners went into executive session for approximately 20 minutes Monday, as well, to discuss the city manager’s performance evaluation and amendment to his employment agreement. When the board reconvened into open session, no action was taken.