The Ardmore Airpark is on the road to getting much-needed infrastructure after the Ardmore Development Authority agreed to move forward with services from HW Lochner Engineering.
Last month the board approved to have a scope of services done by the engineering company and Monday the board agreed to $53,500 for basic services and $39,925 for special services.
ADA President and CEO Mita Bates said the basic services includes the analysis of infrastructure needs, including adding infrastructure to the east side and potential layouts. It also includes working on streets and access to the east side. Federal Aviation Administration restrictions and requirements will also be incorporated into the plan.
The special services is for a survey of the property.
“One of the things we’ve discovered in working is that there is no survey of the airpark,” Bates said, adding that it is needed in order to effectively lay out infrastructure.
The board also approved to have Dirtworks, Inc. complete road improvements on Sawmill Road in an amount not to exceed $22,900, with a vote of 5-1. Board member Gary Farabough voted no on the item because he said he believed bidding the item would have been a better financial decision.
Improvements on Sawmill Road are incomplete because it is within city limits. Bates said Carter County officials said they could not complete the project without entering into an agreement with the city.
“It’s several hundred yards of work that needs to be done, which is some grading and graveling,” Bates said. “The challenge is that now we have a road where there’s a gap, where there’s a portion of dirt road that, should we get a train in there, we need trucks to get across that.”
Dirtworks completed previous work on widening the road and the ADA staff asked the company for an estimate of what it would cost to complete the section that is now a gap of dirt road. While the board approved up to $22,900 of work, Bates said they are hoping to negotiate.
If the project was bid on, Farabough said there was potential to save money. Especially since there is currently no train and therefore no trucks going in and out of the airpark transporting any commodities.
“The challenge is that we have committed to have access to the site,” Bates said.
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