Officials look for public’s insight on popular street

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the City of Oklahoma City are looking for the public's insight into how the finished Oklahoma City Blvd. street will look.

Terri Angier, media relations for ODOT said, "This is a very critical time for this project were hoping to wrap things up in the next couple of months when we review these comments so we can actually select a preferred project."

The federally funded OKC Boulevard will run 2.4 miles between Pennsylvania and Byers.

Angier says its original plan in 1998 needed an update as the city grows.

"This is looking more like an expressway because that's really what needed work at the time," Angier said.  "Since then, things changed, and we recognize that and were talking almost 16 years later that we wanted to redo this process."

Altogether there are four options ODOT, the City and the Federal Highway Administration want the public to review.

Alternative A is a six lane route more like an expressway with fewer stops.

Option B would narrow it to 4 lanes.

Options C and D would operate more like a city street going 25 mph.

The City selected Alternate C as their top choice.

"This is more of a city street. We're very sensitive to what the public wants and what the city wants because really they're going to the owners of this."

Maureen Heffernan is Director of the Myriad Gardens as well as a downtown resident with a vested interest in what the boulevard could look like.

"After studying the four plans I personally liked plan D. I really like the idea of the grid where the traffic slows a bit," Heffernan said.  "I think the walkability from our place to the new convention center to the new park and not have to cross a very busy highway or a very busy road is a huge plus."

It will take 38 million dollars to complete what is left of the project with final approval residing with the Federal Highway Administration.

Comments will be accepted until June 13.  Click here for more information and to see the street options.

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