Anyone who drives on SW. 89th Street in Mustang knows about the deteriorating condition of the road.
But there is good news for those that use the road for their daily commute as the City is planning to make improvements in the coming weeks.
The Mustang City Council voted to approve to use over $400,000 from their Street Improvement Fund to work on what was considered the worst two mile stretch of SW. 89th at their meeting last week.
"As you are aware, pavement conditions along 89th Street have deteriorated rapidly over the last several months," said Mustang City Manager Tim Rooney. "While we have utilized our contractor to perform some patches and repairs beginning in January to address the serious surface conditions, these repairs were intended to be temporary in nature and are by no means a long term solution to the problem."
89th Street creates the six mile southern boundary of the City of Mustang. Rooney said a review of the entire length of 89th Street revealed that there were specific areas that were worse than others.
"The two most severe areas in need of repair are the one mile segments that lie east and west of Sara Road," Rooney said.
Rooney offered the City Council a plan to repair the road.
From Sara Road west to Mustang Road, Rooney proposed to mill the entire one mile stretch and to perform base stabilization repairs and to replace tinhorns where necessary, and to add a 4 inch overlay of asphalt. He said the total cost for that part of the project is $280,000.
From Sara Road east to Morgan Road, Rooney also proposed to mill a majority of the one mile stretch of 89th and to perform a chip and seal overlay.
"This would result in this mile long segment resembling the mile long stretch that is east of County Line Road," he said. "The total cost estimate for this repair is $150,000. I would also like to add a contingency in the amount of $20,000 to address any unanticipated problems. The total cost of the improvements, including the contingency, would be $450,000."
Rooney said the City’s Street Improvement Fund had $650,000, including pending reimbursements from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, to cover the project.
"It is important to note that these costs are possible as a result of our existing contract with Silver Star Construction and the assistance of Canadian County crews," he said. "Additionally, the millings from the mile section between Sara Road and Mustang Road will be transferred to Wild Horse Park and used for additional parking near the expanded baseball parking area. This can then be used as a base for future overlay and parking as funding becomes available."
Steve Shawn from Silver Star Construction, the road contractor for the City, said letters would be sent to residents who live along SW. 89th to inform them about the upcoming project.
"We know some people have to have access to their driveways so the road will be closed to thru traffic, but local traffic will still be let in," Shawn said.
Rooney said construction on SW 89th could start as early as this week and anticipates work to be completed in May.