DAVIS — The Pride of the Arbuckles is getting a makeover during the summer.
Main Street (Highway 7), and 3rd Street. in downtown Davis will be under construction for the rest of the summer, along with several other additions to the area.
For 3rd Street, Davis is getting a million dollar makeover, funded strictly by the city of Davis. The hope is to remodel the street before school begins in August, giving students a better route to school.
Both streets are transitioning from asphalt to concrete.
Main Street in downtown is being redone by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
With the renovations to the downtown streets, City Manager Tom Graham is expecting smoother travels for the two million people who visit Murray County over the summer.
“It is a long process, but once it gets done it will be a smoother path,” Graham said. “The road that we have had on Main Street before, because of the traffic we have, has torn the road up. This will repair the road. Everything that comes off the interstate that comes into Murray County, they have to drive through Davis to get there. We are trying to make it more attractive and fill up the buildings so people will shop here.”
The Main St. innovations began in early June, and are expected to be finished in early 2020. With the consistent rain over the summer, 3rd St. renovations are taking longer than expected, but Graham hopes to have the project finished before the start of the school year.
While ODOT pays for Main Street(Highway 7), the city is adding over a mile of sidewalks to the downtown area, stretching from 3rd Street to 10th Street.
“It will be safer walking into town for people who choose to walk instead of drive,” Graham said. “Right now they are having to walk on the side of the road. Highway 7 is very busy, so by having a sidewalk there it gives them a safe path.”
The sidewalks in downtown will stretch to the City Park in Davis as well. ODOT is picking up 80 percent of the bill for the sidewalks, while the city of Davis pays the rest.
“We are getting a new highway, a new main street and we are getting a mile and a half of sidewalks for $54,000,” Graham said. “It was a good deal.”
Besides the remodeling of the streets in downtown, Davis is redeveloping in other ways.
Even though the overall population in Davis has not changed much since the last United States Census, the city has seen development of a new 36 unit apartment as well as a 14 unit housing development.
Over the last year, Mac Trailers opened a 350,00-square foot facility in Davis. Originally the facility had 35 employees but over time has grown to nearly 100, most of which come from Ardmore, according to Graham.
With the influx of people driving through the city, and the hopes of having new businesses open up in downtown, Graham believes the remodel will bring income into the city which will help its citizens.
“Not everybody who was hired (at Mac Trailers) is a citizen of Davis, so it brings other people into town,” Graham said. “ Hopefully, they will stop and buy something to eat for lunch, or buy some food or whatever to take home with them.”