By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Construction is picking up at the Midwest City Municipal Complex.
Several projects are underway in and around the city offices.
The City Council Chambers are undergoing a renovation project that will improve functionality and accessibility of the public space. Crews started on demolition work on July 5.
Sidewalks are also being added throughout the municipal complex. A new sidewalk is being added to connect Reno Ave. to the library. It will run along the city drive, between the fire and police stations.
The city is reconstructing the wheelchair ramp outside the Nick Harroz Community Center, as well as other associated repairs of sidewalks across the complex, according to Brandon Bundy, director of engineering and construction services.
Crews are also working to repair the air conditioning system at the community center which hasn’t been working properly since mid June. Officials say they are still able to have large meetings in the Midwest City Room, but many events in the smaller rooms on the west side of the building have been relocated to the Senior Center. They haven’t been able to make the repairs due to a delay in receiving necessary parts.
A major road project is also underway along E. Reno Ave. The roadway is being resurfaced between Blake Dr. and Midwest Blvd. The project also includes work on sidewalks, curbs and inlets. A concrete crew is moving from west to east along the project to Blake Dr. They will then turn around and head back east to west on the north side of the street.
After the concrete work is completed, crews will begin an asphalt overlay on Reno Ave. The Reno Ave. project also includes replacing a pedestrian bridge and reconstructing an asphalt trail in Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, as well as guardrail work.