Editor’s note: With the city poised to take on the new goals created for Ardmore Vision 2025, The Ardmoreite is offering a series examining the results of its predecessor, Vision 2020. This installment focuses on the improvements and upgrades done to city streets and sewer lines across the city.

Streets around the city have changed quite a bit since Vision 2020 was first launched in 2009. While one of the most obvious upgrades is the two-phase downtown streetscape project which is currently wrapping up, City Engineer Thomas Mansur said this project’s funding did not come from the regular streets budget. That special project came out of a different budget area along with funding from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

“Over the last ten years, you can probably figure that there has been on average around $2 million a year spent on either new construction or heavy repair (of streets),” Mansur said. He said some of the larger projects include an asphalt mill and overlay project on 12th Street from Rockford Road to North Commerce and a concrete mill and overlay project on South Washington.

Mansur said the overall largest project was the complete overhaul of Stanley Avenue SW in 2017 and 2018.

“Probably the biggest single infrastructure job done was the water and sewer line replacements, upgrades and improvements on Stanley all the way from Sunset to Washington,” Mansur said. “We basically tore up the entirety of Stanley, and spent probably close to $2 million on water and sewer lines. Then there were the costs of redoing the street itself which was probably about another $2.5 million, so the whole project was probably close to around $4.5 million.”

Mansur said the city has also increased its focus on storm sewer repairs in the past four years since the record rainfalls in the spring of 2015. That year the city replaced four culverts which divert rainwater runoff under city streets. One of the culverts was located on Myall Road.

“People don’t realize that for a long time the city didn’t do virtually any storm sewer work,” Mansur said. “Because storm sewer work is an integral part of street work, I would say that in the last four years we’ve probably spent more on storm sewer work and storm sewer repair than we’ve spent in the last 15 years.”