Several street construction projects coming to an end, several more to begin

Posted at 3:38 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 23:32:40-04

TULSA -- One of Tulsa's biggest headaches is being addressed as residents constantly wonder when the mass street construction projects will end.

From car horns to jack hammers, the scene is all too familiar at several major intersections in Tulsa.

“There's always construction going on somewhere,” Bishop Cox, a Tulsa resident said.

Some residents are just about fed up with stalled commutes and weaving through cones.

“The people living in the area are ready to be done with it,” Ross Ledbetter, manager at Reeder’s said. “We know it's good for us but we are ready to move on with our lives and get the traffic flow back.”

But the City of Tulsa said to hang in there. Construction zones are nearing completion soon.

Major projects include Garnett, from Pine to Apache, scheduled to be done within 30 days.

“21st street between Peoria and Lewis is underway and that should be done by the end of September,” Henry Som de Cerff, City of Tulsa Design Engineering manager said.

And don't forget 41st and Harvard, scheduled to be done by Oct. 1.

“The streets are assessed like anything else that requires maintenance and this is just the ongoing program to maintain the streets and keep them in good shape,” Som de Cerff said.

Perhaps what makes the traffic worse is those who choose to fight it.

“It’s not a good idea to cut around through these lots thinking you're saving a minute,” Ledbetter said. “Police are working these lots just for public safety.”

In the end, the construction will continue for years to come, and one driver has some advice.

“Take it easy and it too will pass,” Bishop Cox said.

After these projects are finished within the next couple months, you can expect several more to be popping up around town.

New projects include 51st street and Sheridan to Memorial.

North Mingo between 36th street north and 46th street north.

5th street downtown between Denver and Boulder.

Also, 31st between Riverside and Peoria.

And finally, Harvard between Admiral and Pine, and south Union between 41st and 51st.

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