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Broken Arrow woman furious after construction leaves debris on historical monument

Posted at 2:25 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 07:46:15-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — A Broken Arrow single mom is furious after she said a road construction project destroyed three of her car tires, but more importantly to her, disrespected a city monument that recognizes her family history.

The road construction is along 111th Street between Aspen and Olive Road in front of Aspen Creek Elementary. On that road sits an Elam historical monument. The monument honors one of the four original founding fathers of Elam, the first plots of land, which later became the City of Broken Arrow. Rachel Armstrong is the great, great, great-niece of W.T. Brooks, one of the founding fathers.

Armstrong said the construction along 111th Street is leaving rocks, dirt, and debris all over the monument.

It’s disrespectful to my family’s heritage and the city of Broken Arrow’s history.
Rachel Armstrong

For the last two weeks, when Armstrong drops her son off at Aspen Creek Elementary, she has seen debris on the monument.

She said her tires being destroyed from the construction debris is now the least of her concerns after she saw a road sign leaning on the monument Thursday morning.

“I have been calling the construction company Becco, and it has been so frustrating,” Armstrong said. “Today on the phone, the woman said, ‘We don’t care’.”

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For the past several months, the construction has continued, and the City of Broken Arrow Construction Division Manager Timothy Robins said the road widening project is on schedule and expected to finish in February 2021.

Robins said the cleanliness of the construction area is the responsibility of the third-party construction company.

“Within our contracts, it is extended out to the contractor, and it is their responsibility to maintain that work zone within that construction time,” Robins said.

2 Works For You reached out to the construction company contracted by the City of Broken Arrow, Becco Contractors. The corporate office representative declined to interview.

Watch the News at 6 on 2 Works for You for the response and temporary solution from the City of Broken Arrow.

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