Crews to speed up future city road construction projects

TULSA - City officials are moving forward with a plan to cut the amount of time it takes to complete future projects.

The city of Tulsa has started asking new contractors they work with to speed things up on Tulsa roadways.

It is a result of a 2011 efficiency study which found many projects could be completed earlier than the old contracts called for.

During the study, officials looked at 41 different projects.

"What we found is that 95 percent of the time, within that sample, that projects were completed within the allotted period of time and 44 percent I believe were completed early ," said T.L. Cox, interim director of the City of Tulsa management review office.

The shorter contracts will apply to new projects and specifically to projects in areas that can accommodate extra workers and equipment.

The study also found the city needs to do a better job of communicating with the public regarding road construction projects.

"We found that often times that it's not clear or we don't do as good a job as we could of differentiating you know a state crew from a city crew," said Cox.

Officials say they plan to improve the communication.

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