Widening of Mustang Road scheduled for this summer

The City of Mustang will begin widening south Mustang Road in either July or August.
Mustang Road will be widened to a three-lane curb and gutter street starting at the railroad tracks to State Highway 152. It will also include a five-foot sidewalk on the west side of the street, as well as curb and gutter and put in sidewalks on Juniper and Dowden Drives.
The contractor has not been selected. The project was done on a grant that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation administers. Since it’s federal money,
“Essentially as soon as the easements are finished up—which I believe all the offer letters are out besides two right now, and they’re trying to finalize those up with the appraiser—once all the easements have all been received, utility relocation will begin. Some of the work will actually begin prior to asphalt being moved,” Battles said. “The Department of Transportation will most likely put the project up for bid in June and opening in July then going to work.”
The project length is still unknown at this time, but Assistant City Manager Justin Battles said Mustang Road will remain open throughout the length of the project.
“We’re making several options. We’re requiring the contractor to keep two lanes open during those school hours. They will have the availability to probably work some weekends as well, which will assist in that trafficable direction. We’ll be making sure that not only school staff, etc., but students will have the right information during the construction time,” Battles said.
The City of Mustang communicates with surrounding residents every week, and the residents have been communicating with the city’s land acquisition company to make sure they’re up-to-date with where the project is at.
Mustang Public Schools owns 12 of the parcels of land surrounding the road. The city said they’d give the district anywhere between $800 and $2,000 for each parcel of land to make room for the widening.
“We could charge them up to about $23,000 bucks for them to purchase our frontage so they can widen the road. We would have to negotiate each parcel,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel said. “The city is spending millions of dollars to widen the road. They’re doing it primarily for us. City Council said, ‘hey, we need help.’ We don’t have the funds, nor can we legally widen a city road. Well what the board said is ‘we’re not interesting in charging the city $23,000 to give us $4 million of service.’ So what the board said was ‘we’re donating whatever the value is of that road widening.”
That $23,000 donation from the school district will go straight toward the south Mustang Road project.
“It needs to happen fast because that’s our major route of bus traffic and car traffic. Traffic there will be a nightmare,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel said the district develops new plans every year with changes in mind.
“This will be a huge change so we’ll coordinate with law enforcement and with our high school staff and we’ll probably have alternate routes that bypass Mustang Road. We’ll just coordinate with all the key players and do the best we can. It’s going to be tough, there’s no getting around that. It’s going to be a challenge for us no matter how many bypasses and reroutes we have, but we’ll make it work. It’s all in the name of progress and progress hurts sometimes. We’re excited about it,” McDaniel said.

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