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Roads townhall offers insight into Mustang area residents concerns

David Anderson, County Commissioner for District 2 of Canadian County, speaks regarding the roads he is responsible for in front of Mustang residents at a Townhall meeting in Mustang Town Center on Jan. 16. (Photo by Jacob Sturm)

By Jacob Sturm
news@mustangpaper.com

Those seeking clarity on the road issues being addressed inside county borders had a golden
opportunity to get answers in the past week.

That was thanks to a roads townhall inside Mustang city limits, with Mustang Rep. Brian Hill and
members of five different entities being available for discussions with the public.

Representatives from Canadian County, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the City of
Mustang, the City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority were present at
Mustang Town Center Jan. 16 for the event.

TJ Dill, the Chief Engineer at the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, was on call at the meeting. He
mentioned that the OTA is not an appropriated agency. That means the only way to collect
revenue for the turnpike authority is through tolls.

“However you pay our tolls, you are not double paying to drive on our roads,” Dill said.

Trenton January, the District Four Engineer at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation,
addressed many projects ODOT is working on.

He started with the State Highway 152 project between Mustang and Union City. The project
was awarded to T.J. Campbell Construction, and will include eight-foot safety shoulders being
added as well as replacing drainage structures and addressing some vertical curves that are
deficient.

“As part of that project, we’ve worked with the county and the city because the detour will be
59 th street,” January said. “And so, the city is working on making some improvements, the
county is working on making some improvements. And before the project starts, the plan is to
go in there and overlay that section (to help make the detour adequate).”

January said he doesn’t have a definitive start date from the contractor, even though he would
guess the work would start late Spring. The project, once it is started, is expected to be
completed in about 18 months.

Chad Meisenburg, a representative for OKC’s public works division, offered an update for
Oklahoma City’s work in the area.

“Major projects that we’re planning to move forward with… of course we schedule most of our
stuff around what Trent is doing at ODOT,” Meisenburg said. “Obviously we don’t want to have
that overlap, that conflict. So, we’re secondary to anything that’s involving a highway.”

SW 15th through 29 th is currently under construction on Sara Road. The next three miles is
relatively done, according to Meisenburg, with a few small hiccups that OKC is cleaning up. He
also mentioned the SW 59 th street area from County Line heading back toward the Turnpike will
have construction coming up in May, June and July.

He also said OKC has two widenings per year in Ward 3 (which surrounds Mustang). Most
material resurfacings are done for the area, but Meisenburg mentioned the city is coming up on
the next General Obligation bond that happens in 2025.

“We’re generating lists right now based off of needs,” Meisenburg said.

Justin Battles, the Assistant City Manager for the City of Mustang, referenced the intersection
of 89 th and the improvements at Highway 4 on the south side. He said letting starts in February
for the project, which has been on the city’s books since 2016.

“One of the reason’s it’s taken so long is because we don’t believe that we should have more
than one mile of a section line road under construction at a time,” Battles said.

Battles also mentioned the pavement evaluation plan. He said this is the first pavement
evaluation plan on the books for Mustang, focusing on residential streets.

Questions were asked regarding Sara and SW 29th street regarding the traffic as a result of the
housing developments and the location of Mustang Valley Elementary. Meisenburg addressed
the concerns of people pulling around the lines and trying to speed through the area.

He said the issue is being looked at by the Oklahoma City Traffic Commission.

“We are looking at that,” Meisenburg said. “We are trying to coast our way through that one
and see what we can do and can’t do. It is on our list for the next 2025 bond to be
recommended to move forward with to doing more improvements not only east-west, but
north-south as well.”

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