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Proposals seek grants to aid Edmond traffic

Proposals seek grants to aid Edmond traffic

Edmond officials vie for portion of stimulus funds

BY DIANA BALDWIN
Published: September 19, 2009


EDMOND — Applications for a piece of the $1.5 billion in federal stimulus money awarded to the U.S. Transportation Department were submitted this week by Edmond city staff.

 They submitted three surface transportation infrastructure projects. The grants could be $20 million each.


The projects include the installation of a new traffic control system, the reconstruction of the Kelly Road and BNSF Railway intersection and the rebuilding of Covell Road between Broadway and Interstate 35 to a four-lane divided parkway.

City Engineer Steve Manek said the applications were sent by e-mail this week with hard copies to follow.

City officials spent $25,000 for a consulting firm to help with the applications.

Oklahoma County commissioners Thursday voted to write a letter in support of the Kelley Avenue and Covell Road projects.

District 3 Commissioner Ray Vaughn, an Edmond resident, said, "Edmond continues to grow and Oklahoma County fully supports these projects to help our residents with traffic issues and the creation of jobs.”

In the letter, the commissioners said Covell Road provides regional connectivity and is a significant east-west arterial, providing crosstown connectivity between I-35 and the west side of the city limits and beyond.

"It is currently a two-lane route with essentially no safe pedestrian and bicycle travel routes,” the letter states. "It is experiencing rapid growth in residential and commercial development and is projected to experience a 185 percent increase in travel demands by 2010.”

They pointed out in the letter that the city is currently building an underpass at Covell Road and the railroad tracks. Edmond has appropriated $6 million for the underpass project. City officials anticipate it will take another $10 million to rebuild Covell Road to the interstate.

"The BNSF railroad has over 40 trains per day running through the city of Edmond, and this overcrossing will reduce delays and make this intersection safer,” the letter states.

County commissioners said the project will create many construction-related jobs during the two to three years it will take to finish the project.

"The BNSF railroad has over 40 trains per day running through the city of Edmond, and this overcrossing will reduce delays and make this intersection safer,” the letter states.

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