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Road project reflects Broken Arrow growth

Posted at 6:29 AM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 08:24:49-04

BROKEN ARROW — Crews will be working to widen one of the busiest roads getting in and out of Broken Arrow.

Utility relocation work has already begun on 91st St. or Washington Street from Garnett to Olive. Workers are moving gas and water lines as well as any overhead lines.

Once the utility work is complete in the summer, crews will begin to expand the lanes on 91st St. from three to five. That means there are more drivers coming to and from one of the fastest growing cities in Oklahoma; the widening is a testament to Broken Arrow's growth.

City of Broken Arrow Communications Director, Krista Flasch, said, “More people means more cars, and we do need to expand our roadways so that people don’t get caught in traffic jams.”
Drivers will also see a reduced speed limit of 25 mph. And law enforcement is not messing around.

Flasch explained, “There are men out there, women out there that are working and paying attention to the utilities they’re having to relocate. So, we want them to be safe, and we’re asking people to slow down and be more patient as they’re going on their commute.”

When Washington is expanded from Garnett to Olive, crews will start work from Olive to Aspen, making a two-mile stretch of five lanes.

So, with lower speeds and some lane closures, drivers are bound to see more delays and backup. Flash said, “But in the end, if you wait a year, you’re going to have a wider road, which means more cars will be able to get through and it’ll speed up your commute.”

The project on Washington from Garnett to Olive will wrap up in early 2020 when the work will begin on the next section.

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