EDMOND, Okla. – City officials are suggesting drivers take alternate routes in lieu of construction at two major intersections.
"It took probably about 10 minutes to go two miles," Elizabeth Harjo told NewsChannel 4.
Harjo lives in Edmond. She said she travels through the Covell and Bryant intersection often.
"My mom works here, so we come here a lot,” Harjo said, talking about the shopping center at Covell and Danforth.
Due to construction at Covell and Bryant, as well as Covell and Sante Fe, Harjo said she’s had to allow for extra travel time.
"What we're doing is we're going through, we're calling them interim improvements. They'll last for several years,” said Casey Moore with the city of Edmond.
Moore said drivers will be excited about what’s to come when the project is complete.
"We're going in and putting left turn lanes in in each direction to try to help traffic move through the intersections more efficiently,” Moore said.
That’s an idea that came from the residents themselves.
"We did our traffic survey here recently where people go and identify where they feel like traffic is the biggest issue, and these are two of our top five areas,” Moore said.
Drivers like Harjo said, for those reasons, it’s worth the wait.
"That will help a lot,” Harjo said.
On Thursday, Covell Road just west of Bryant will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for the removal of a tree.
The project is scheduled to be completed in late August.
Cimarron Construction Company is the contractor for the overall widening project.
The total cost is $2,599,332.30, and the city of Edmond is providing the funding.