THE VILLAGE, Okla. (KFOR) – Neighbors are increasingly frustrated with a construction project on Britton Road between Penn and May after delays are leaving them stuck with no access to their driveways.
Some have had to walk across the construction zone to get to their cars.
“Anytime you want to get groceries or anything, you have to carry them across the street,” Andrew Rodriguez said. “I’ve been on camping trips, I have to carry duffel bags, sleeping bags, tents, everything with me across the street. We have to make several trips, so it’s been a huge inconvenience.”
Folks have started taking to social media to voice their concerns. Rodriguez’s fiance posted about their experience on Facebook, saying constructions crews gave them a notice on Oct. 10 stating they’d have access to their driveway on the Oct. 18. Weeks later, nothing is done.
“[There are] piles of gravel and mud, and we have to walk up that to get to our house. There’s no pathway or anything anytime it rains; it’s just complete mud puddles. It’s ridiculous,” Rodriguez said.
Brian Powell says the construction is causing lots of problems in front of his house.
“Lots of confusion on where you can get through, where you can’t get through,” he said. “Four flat tires before they closed the road down in my driveway alone.”
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is overseeing the project, and says in a statement:
“While the Britton Rd. reconstruction project between May Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. in the City of The Village is nearing completion, it has experienced several delays due to weather, unexpected utility issues and contractor scheduling problems. ODOT believes the project can be open to traffic by the end of November, pending a new utility concern and weather, with some limited additional lane closures through the end of the year.
Timelines provided by the contractor to residents for driveway work were not always kept due to weather or contractor scheduling issues. Residents had options for on-street parking and were provided temporary, gravel driveway access up to the contractor pouring the new concrete driveways.
The department apologizes to impacted residents for the delays with driveway work and will work with the contractor to improve communication. The few remaining driveways are expected to be completed by late next week, weather permitting.
Because there are residential driveways with direct access to Britton Rd., the project requires connecting the new roadway pavement with those driveways. The best way to achieve a level connection was to rebuild the driveway entrances, which was planned for up to two-day driveway closures.”
“It’d be nice to see them get in there with a large enough crew to get it done,” Powell said.
Mayor Cathy Cummings says she doesn’t have enough information to speak on the project yet, but says the city will be meeting with engineers on Friday to figure out utility problems.