Sheridan Getting Much Needed Road Work

Wednesday, February 20th 2008, 6:06 pm
By: News On 6

One of Tulsa's crumbling streets is getting a much needed makeover.  Crews have been dispatched to parts of Sheridan to fix the problems there, but not everyone is happy about it.  News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon reports construction on Sheridan couldn't be put-off any longer. 

If you've driven down Sheridan lately, chances are it was a bumpy ride.  Now, the City of Tulsa is pumping millions into making sure your commute will be a smooth one.

The city hired contractors to remove the old street surface, make repairs underneath it and lay new asphalt.  They'll also construct new sidewalks, curbs and storm drains.

"Oh yeah, this whole town needs it.  All most every intersection in South Tulsa needs some work done," said Kevin Hendricks.

Other drivers agree some work needs to be done.

"Yeah, there's pot holes pretty much all over Tulsa," said Crystal Warren.

The city says it's now pumping $2.8 million into fixing the troubled stretch of Sheridan between 21st and the Broken Arrow Expressway. You might think that sounds like a sign of progress, but not to some.

Some drivers are having a hard time getting use to it.  Traffic is limited to one northbound lane and one southbound lane.

"They don't know how to do traffic around here do they?" said Hendricks.  "I think they need to do it at night. It would be better."

That's not the only complaint.

"Because the timing is bad. Too much confusion," said Robert Brown.

The city says while night time construction wouldn't snarl traffic, it would jack up the cost to do business.

Construction should last about four months.  

The city says they also couldn't put this project off any longer.  They say doing so would have tripled the cost of construction.