“It’s very important that the Lindsey Street project landed in 2016,” O’Leary said.
The Lindsey project is being coordinated to occur during the same time that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is working on the Lindsey Street and Interstate 35 bridge. By coordinating the Lindsey Street improvements with the I-35/ Lindsey interchange, merchants and other stakeholders along Lindsey only will be disrupted once.
“We can’t close Lindsey Street ever,” O’Leary said. “We have to have access to those businesses.”
In other city business, council members approved a resolution adopting a revised Norman Bike Route Map as recommended by the Bicycle Advisory Committee.
In 2010, the City of Norman applied for recognition and was designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community (bronze level) by the League of American Cyclists. Since that update, the city and the Bicycle Advisory Committee have continued to work on Bicycle Friendly Community goals as prescribed by the League of American Bicyclists.
Those goals include meeting a national standard for bike lanes any place the street width will accommodate them. Lane striping had been added to collector and arterial streets.
“Many of these new areas were determined to be along some of the arterial roadway segments that were approved for reconstruction in the August 2012 bond election,” according to city staff reports.
Those include 36th Avenue Northwest between north of Tecumseh Road and Indian Hills Road, Lindsey Street between 24th Avenue Southwest and Pickard Avenue, and 24th Avenue East between Lindsey Street and Robinson Street.
Those sections are designated as a bike route in the current plan and are labeled as routes recommended for advanced skill riders because of the sub-standard condition of the roadway.
“Reconstruction and widening of these facilities offer a unique opportunity to meet national bike transportation standards, which will allow for the redesignation of these segments as biking facilities suitable for riders of all skill levels. The inclusion of bike lanes was part of the project proposal prior to the election, and the cost was included in the project budgeting,” according to staff reports.