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July 17, 2014

City and state briefs

NORMAN — Transportation needs listed

The White House released a new report this week from the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council on the long-term economic benefits of transportation investment and why conditions in the infrastructure sector are ripe for innovation, with new technologies and approaches promising significant gains in productivity, efficiency and resilience. 

The President said America needs to improve its infrastructure and rebuild roads and bridges in a smarter, more responsible way, while supporting millions of jobs. He will continue to urge Congress to act to avoid a lapse in funding of the Highway Trust Fund, which will go insolvent as early as August.

If Congress fails to act, consequences for Oklahoma are:

· 10,114 jobs will be jeopardized.

· 2,059 active highway and transit projects will be slowed or stopped.

· Oklahoma has 112,808 miles of public roads, 18 percent of which are in poor condition.

Road closure

Weather permitting, the Norman Line Maintenance Division will replace a deteriorated cast iron water main on East Comanche Street at the intersection of South Peters Avenue starting Monday.

The water main construction entails crossing Peters on the north side of Comanche at the intersection. This will require Peters to be closed to northbound and southbound through traffic from East Main Street to East Comanche Street beginning Monday through July 25.

 

Widening project

On Friday, Allen Contracting — under contract with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation — will shift traffic to the north side of State Highway 9 from 24th Avenue Southeast to 36th Avenue Southeast to allow the south side of Highway 9 to be reconstructed.

Signs will be placed to direct traffic through the construction zone. Drivers should use extra caution when driving through the area.

Beginning the first week of August, new traffic signals equipped with video detection systems will be installed at 24th Avenue Southeast, Technology Place and John Saxon Boulevard.

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