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Citizens speak at meeting on downtown Boulevard


OKLAHOMA CITY — The City of Oklahoma City has organized one last public meeting on the most controversial of the MAPS3 projects so far, the Western Ave. end of the new downtown boulevard.

The public meeting was Monday night at 5:30 p.m. at the Coca Cola Events Center.

The public gave their feedback on the city proposal.

Ward 6 council member Meg Salyer attended the meeting Monday night.

“It really is the front door to downtown and we have an opportunity to do something really special,” Salyer said. “What we’ve tried to do is take those two concepts and blend them together for everyone concerned.”

Salyer initially suggested hiring an outside consulting firm to look at the area.

The consultants presented four options at the public meeting.

Option A calls for a new bridge over Western.

Option B is the opposite building the boulevard under Western.

Option C would build a signalized intersection.

Option D would construct a roundabout.

Round-a-bout fans will probably be disappointed to hear the consultants said they think the intersection will get too much traffic to be efficiently accommodated by a round-a-bout.

The OKC City Council will take up the issue in two weeks.

Construction on the option the council chooses will begin early 2013.

The meeting will be posted on Oklahoma City website by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Comments about the project will be accepted through an online comment card on the ODOT website through Dec. 17.