After almost two years of construction, both phases of the downtown streetscape project are nearly complete. All that remains for phase two is the installation of streetlights, landscaping and irrigation.
The second phase of the streetscape project includes East Main Street from the railroad tracks down to D Street along with the plaza area around the Mercy Train. Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatright said the work in this area is currently around 90% done.
“We’re just waiting on OG&E to bring in the streetlights and there is still the landscape and some irrigation that needs to be done,” Boatright said. “There is also a small correction that needs to be made around the train plaza.”
Boatright added that the final touches on phase one are now almost complete as well.
“We finally have the LED lights installed and working in the roundabout. It took us a lot longer than we wanted to get that done, but there kept being issues,” Boatright said, pointing out that the issue was with the manufacturer. “We probably had parts sent back and forth four or five times trying to get everything right. Now it’s up and running with changing colors and it looks really nice. It really makes the end of that block stand out.”
In addition to the lights in the roundabout, some of the original landscaping died and has also recently been replaced by the landscaper as it was still under contract. The city also finished the installation of additional drainage and stormwater inlets on the southwest corner of Caddo and Broadway, and Boatright said all that remains to be done in this area is the installation of landscaping and irrigation.
“I’m very proud of all the work that we’ve done,” Boatright said. “Many of the store owners around the project area have been very pleased with it. They’ve told us that a lot of their customers — especially those who aren’t from Ardmore and maybe only come in a few times a year — have said it’s a nice improvement and they really like the look we have now. We’re all very pleased with the feedback we’ve received.”