Speeding up Tulsa street repairs
Tuesday, May 7th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
The new faces at Tulsaâ€™s city hall want some answers about why street repairs take so long - and then don't last as long as they should.
News on Six reporter Emory Bryan says the orange barrel became a symbol of this years city elections. The new mayor and council want to speed up street repairs - especially in areas where they disrupt neighborhoods and businesses.
A major street rehab can take a year for a single mile. The folks over in east Tulsa have been dealing with a project on 129th East Avenue since last July. It's 70% complete - with another three months to go. Mayor Bill LaFortune says the public wants the work to be done faster - and better.â€ These are some of the things I talked about in the campaign that the citizens were interested in.â€
The mayor says not much can be done to change projects already underway, but they want to change future contracts to require faster work - with more quality controls to make sure the work is done right the first time.