Stillwater City Council and City staff are interested in two key topics that could affect future transportation infrastructure in Stillwater: The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s 6th Avenue Widening Project and the Transportation Five Year Plan.
City Engineering staff have reviewed both the project and the plan and have submitted a memo for City Council's discussion on the topic scheduled for Feb. 25, 2019. Helpful information has been pulled from the memo and cited below.
Read the full memo and attachments at http://stillwater.org/agenda/view/1125.
From the Memo: “The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has developed an eight-year construction plan. Included in the plan for FY 2025, is a project to reconstruct Sixth Avenue (SH 51) from just west of Western Road to just east of the railroad tracks between Lowry Street and Perkins Road.
“ODOT has completed a conceptual study and provided a set of drawings. The conceptual typical section for the majority of the route shows a five lane facility with the center lane being designated as a left turn lane and the constructing of five-foot wide sidewalks on both sides of the street. Included in the project are improvements to the existing drainage system with other improvements being new traffic signals. The conceptual plan requires a minimum amount of new right-of-way acquisitions and suggests the removal of as many utilities from the corridor as possible.”
From the Memo: “The Citizens of Stillwater have passed a ½ cent sales tax dedicated to pavement management of the transportation system. The tax generates approximately $4 million a year in funding for Pavement Management (PM). Previously all the streets have been inventoried and analyzed for various elements including structural capacity and roughness. Each street was divided into segments and each segment given a rating from 0 to 100 with 100 being a new street with no deficiencies. Using a software package, staff analyzes how to spend the tax dollars to generate the best outcome. A portion of the funds is spent on minor maintenance to keep good streets good, a portion of the funds is spent on fair to poor streets to bring them to an acceptable level, and a portion of the funds is spent to reconstruct streets that have deteriorated past the point of rehabilitation. Each of these requires progressive increase in funds. Attached is a schedule showing the treatment for the various ratings.
“In an effort to improve the time it takes to select streets and create a project, transportation staff is working on developing a 5 year rolling PM plan. As staff has worked on the plan, we have determined the existing funding level is insufficient to achieve the desired goal of upgrading the streets and keeping them in good shape. Following is a more in depth discussion of the issues and possible additional funding opportunities.”
Feb. 25, 2019: City Council will discuss the topic during the council meeting. Public may request to speak.
All meeting and updates will be posted here.
Sherry Fletcher, director of marketing and civic engagement
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