Residents voice concerns in first public meeting
Information on the proposed widening of S. Mustang Road was provided during an Aug. 25 public meeting at Town Center.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation and EST, Inc. engineers were on hand to answer questions and explain maps that show the project. As proposed, the project includes the widening of Mustang Road to a three-lanes curb and gutter street starting at the Stillwater Central Railroad north to SH-152. It also will include a five foot sidewalk on the west side of the street.
Assistant City Manager Justin Battles said the meeting resulted in good feedback. Concerns expressed, he said, were about the project timeline, type of road to be built, homeowner driveway access and easements.
With maps on hand, residents in the impacted area were able to physically see the current easements and what would additionally be taken, either temporarily while the project is underway and then permanently, Battles said. He said 30 people signed in at the meeting.
“Each case is different based on the project,” he explained for homeowner easements.
The next step in the project is for a third party company to begin obtaining easements, both temporary and permanent, along the roadway, Battles said. Utility relocations also will have to occur, he added.
“Once the easements are done, our hope is that ODOT will write, or bid the project for the winter and work begin in summer 2017.”
Battles said the project length is unknown at this time and ODOT could build in a penalty for delays or provide incentives for finishing early.
Once the project beings, Battles said work will be ongoing starting with easements and utility relocations. He said access to Mustang Road should always be open.
“For the effected residents in that area, we want to make sure they always have access – that is the key.”
An additional public meeting will be held, Battles said.
“No date has been set yet but it will be later in the current year – October or November,” Battles said. “This will be the same format as before, allowing citizens to give additional feedback and notating any changes that may have been made to the plans.
If anyone would like to make a comment on the widening project, they can be submitted by email to Joel Hennings to [email protected] by Sept. 30. They also can be mailed to Joel Hennings, EST, Inc., 48- 24th Avenue NW, Suite 244, Norman 73069.