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September 28, 2012

Road work errors leave neighborhood mired in mud

NORMAN — Residents living on Mosier Street needed rain as badly as most folks in Norman. Trouble is, they didn’t necessarily need it just after the paving on their street had been removed and before gravel had been put down as a temporary roadbed during the construction process.

The Mosier Street repavement and drainage project is part of a 2010 bond program. Two of four roads to be replaced — Himes Street and Johnson Street — have already been completed.

Mud trapped residents and caused construction crews to struggle as gravel was put down adjacent to driveways. A single lane running down the road was created to allow residents to get in and out of their driveways and to ensure emergency responders could gain access if needed.

Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary said there had been a “combination of errors” that made things worse than they should have been when the rains came in Wednesday, but city crews were on the scene all day Thursday, doing what they could to alleviate the problem.

“The irony is, they were doing this project to fix the drainage problem,” said a Mosier Street resident, who asked not to be identified.

 

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