A portion of North Washington Street was blocked Tuesday to repair a ruptured sewer line. But City Engineer Thomas Mansur said construction should still be finished by Christmas, and definitely before the end of the year.
The line, which Mansur estimated to be up to 75 years old, caved in from high pressure. The Ardmore Public Works Authority had to dig up the line and are working to replace it and repour the concrete in the coming days.
Mansur was confident the minor complication would not delay construction, and said only a few finishing touches to the road remain.
“There are lots of odds and ends for grinding and cutting,” Mansur said. “Virtually all the milling and diamond grinding has been completed, and all the concrete is done, so I hope to have the striping done before Christmas and certainly before the end of the year.”
Drivers will have just three lanes instead of the original four lanes once work by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is done. Mansur said having a middle lane dedicated for turns will allow drivers in outside lanes to more easily turn where they need to go, and lanes will be wider as a result of the reduction.
“Four lanes are way too narrow, and the concrete had failed in so many places that it essentially tore up your car trying to drive the speed limit,” Mansur said. “It was just too narrow anyway. It might’ve been good 50 years ago, but in the long run, it’ll work out a lot better.”
The only complaints Mansur has received about construction on Washington Street have pertained to the width of the nine-foot temporary lanes. But Mansur said if drivers properly slow down to 20 to 25 mph in the designated construction zone, risk of accident is greatly reduced.
“The only complaints I’ve had were that drivers are concerned about the width of driving lanes,” Mansur said. “But I haven’t had anybody complain to me about it.”