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Miami council delays action on Highway 10 upgrade

Miami council delays action on Highway 10 upgrade

Published August 18, 2009 09:41 pm

By Debbie Robinson

MIAMI, Okla. — The Miami City Council has delayed action on a proposed resolution that is being required by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation before the state can make improvements to Highway 10 east of town.

Only a short stretch of the highway is within the city limits. But for the project to proceed, the city must adopt a resolution to move utility lines in connection with the planned widening of the highway, Mayor Brent Brassfield said.

Action on the resolution was delayed, he said, because city officials want to review all state documents and plans related to the highway project.

“We just want to be a little more prudent,” Brassfield said. “The city has made a commitment to move our lines.”

The project will be done, he said, because city officials are in favor of improvements to the highway.

“Highway 10 is dangerous,” Brassfield said. “It’s a very narrow highway and not much shoulder.”

Traffic on the roadway has increased over the years, he said, because drivers use it to get to High Winds Casino, and the Peoria Ridge Golf and Country Club.

Brassfield said the project has been on the list of state projects for several years, but money has been an issue. Originally, he said, the state had planned to extend improvements east to Highway 125.

“We’ll probably have it (the resolution) on the agenda at the next council meeting,” Brassfield said.

Kenna Mitchell, spokeswoman for ODOT, said the department’s eight-year plan calls for right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation to begin in 2012 for work on the Highway 10 bridge over Spring River. Work on the bridge could take place in 2014.

The department, she said, also is acquiring right of way in Miami east of the Will Rogers Turnpike for widening work along Highway 10.

Brassfield said he would like to see the state allocate funds to improve the Spring River bridge, east of Miami. “They’re going to have to address that bridge,” he said. “It’s terrible.”

In other business at a meeting Monday, Tim Lucas, a staff member with the water department, updated the council on utility and warehouse operations.

Brassfield said Lucas, a relatively new employee, organized city equipment and supplies, and inventoried existing supplies.

Last year, he said, the city spent $32,000 for equipment and parts for utilities and the water department, compared with $7,000 this year.

“There was duplication, and it was so disorganized, nobody knew what was there,” Brassfield said.

Brassfield called Lucas’ efforts “impressive.”

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