Main Street, engineering projects scheduled to take shape in 2021
Aug. 25, Jenks citizens passed a bond issue, which will allow the City of Jenks to improve several areas of its road system.
The bond issue passed by more than 71% of the vote and is totaled at $20.5 million. The south Elm Street widening project takes up $16 million of that money, but there are four other projects also apart of the bond.
The road and drainage improvements on Main Street from the railroad to Date Street, the engineering of 106th Street just east Elm Street, the engineering on Elwood Ave. from 121st to 96th Street and the engineering on Elwood Ave. from 96th Street to 91st Street are four other projects making up the final $4.5 million.
“I am anticipating 90% plans to be submitted in September on the Main Street project from the railroad to Date Street,” Jenks City Engineer Chris Robinson said at the Sept. 1 City Council meeting. “We are getting the engineering right of way and utility relocation contract with ODOT (Oklahoma Department of Transportation) sent over. We are going to make sure we agree with how it is set up and we agree with our share of costs. The right of way will start once the agreement is signed and we anticipate that going quickly. I am anticipating the start of construction on that project taking place toward the end of 2021. It could start sooner. It depends on how fast we can get utilities relocated.”
Robinson said the 106th Street engineering project is going through submittals.
“It is a big project and submittals are quite vast,” Robinson said. “Once a decision is made on the firm, it will be brought before City Council and then engineering can begin. Engineers need to be solicited for the Elwood projects. I am working on a list of engineering firms to solicit and then interview. I would prefer not to use the same firm on both Elwood projects, so we can get full attention on each project and not divided between both. I am anticipating by the first part of 2021 designs will take place.”
In the 106th Street engineering project, several bridges will be included, as well as a railroad crossing to help handle the Corps of Engineers’ permits that will be needed.