Resurfacing Project Making Progress

by Elizabeth Pitts-Hibbard

Marlow City Administrator Jason McPherson is pleased that the first phase of street repairs in the City’s ten-year strategic plan has – after a few delays – begun. “We plan to do a large-scale project every two years,” McPherson said. “This is Year One.”

The project, which is funded by a one-cent sales tax that was renewed in 2015 and has accumulated since 2017, will be completed at a total cost of $432,940.65 and work will last for the remainder of August and possibly into early September.

The work is being done by Ardmore-based Overland Corporation. The rain earlier this summer posed delays in beginning the project, because the company had to push back other contracts until the weather cooperated. Overland also had a plan to relocate their asphalt plant, which interrupted the repair to Cheyenne Street.

“They had a problem on Cheyenne, that they kept digging and digging and couldn’t find a good grade of dirt in one spot,” McPherson explained. “It was done, but incorrectly, but they had to move their plant and then come back. It’ll be finished [Tuesday] and reopen on [Wednesday].”

McPherson added that the City Council’s decision to approve a contract with Scott Vaughn of Chisholm Trail Consulting to provide oversight when needed has been a benefit to ensuring that the project continues without issues. The Council voted at the July 23 meeting in favor of the oversight agreement that is not to exceed $3000.

The next areas slated for street repairs are:

Ninth Street from Osage to Choctaw;

Main Street between 8th and 9th Streets;

Fourth Street from Nabor to Payne, including improving drainage;

Ninth Street from Nabor to Jarboe;

Railroad from Main to Memorial.

“The small projects should take two to three days,” McPherson said. “The larger areas may take a week to a week and a half.”

The City’s ten-year plan also includes a street repair project that will be bidded in January and will take place in the next fiscal year. The plan, which involves repairs to Ash Street from Memorial to Ballpark, will also include repaving all cemetery roads. The addition of the cemetery repairs is the subject of a REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) grant that the City is applying for now.