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March 16, 2014

State approves money for UNP access road

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Monday approved spending up to $360,000 for paving and striping of an access road for the University North Park Advanced Manufacturing Center.

The road, estimated to cost $7.6 million, begins at 24th Avenue NW, just south of Tecumseh Road and extends approximately 2,200 feet.

The City of Norman will be responsible for the construction.

NEDC Executive Director Don Wood said this is the fourth grant for Norman under the Industrial Access Program.

“We’ve been working on this thing for about six months,” Wood said. “Representative Scott Martin was helpful in getting the application viewed by ODOT.”

The money will pay for the paving materials and the striping.

“It requires that we have a commitment from a company to come into the area and we have that with IMMY,” Wood said.

Past projects include the Norman Business Park, improvement of 12th Avenue NE for SYSCO’s expansion and an entry road for Southwest Wire.

Also this week, Transportation Commissioners approved an additional $144,525 to Poe and Associates Inc. for preliminary engineering and final design plans for the I-35/Lindsey Street interchange. The company’s contract is now $1,766,025 on the $27,587,500 project. Commissioner Bradley Burgess of Lawton asked about the project’s timing.

“We’re going to make sure Main Street is done in Norman before we start on Lindsey, right?” he asked an ODOT official.

“Yes, we hope so,” he said.

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