TULSA - If you had the chance to ask Dewey Bartlett or Kathy Taylor about their vision for Tulsa, what would you ask?
That was what we posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages on Oct. 9 and 11.
And we were flooded with a lot of questions.
The candidates agreed to answer five questions from our users, and one of the areas of interest that appeared on our pages was about road construction.
Rhonda Fuller Layman, among others, asked this about the orange barrels, alternate routes and lane closures around the city:
What is their plan for finishing up road construction that is all over town? Will they be completing the road construction already underway before starting more?
Mayor Dewey Bartlett pointed to the changes his administration has made and how those changes will keep the city from having to redo road work over time.
"We have a very good set of prioritization of when things happen. We've brought them in generally on time, and additionally, under budget. And so once the decision is made on what roads are going to be repaired, we had new policy changes that on the major arterials, when we resurface them, we not only resurface the streets, we go in and we replace and repair everything beneath it from curb to curb," said Bartlett.
Former Mayor Kathy Taylor believes a revamping of the system is needed before moving forward with new projects.
"Before we bid any new contracts I think we need a complete overhaul of how we're bidding, sequencing, inspecting and completing our streets projects. I think it's very, very important because if we don't we're wasting tax dollars if we're doing this three or four times citizens won't continue to invest in their streets projects if they don't think their tax dollars are being used wisely," said Taylor.
We will have the other answers to your questions at www.kjrh.com/mayor2013 later this week. The candidates talk about keeping and attracting businesses, taking an oath of transparency, high-speed rail service and crime.
Election day is Nov. 12.
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