Speeding up Tulsa street repairs

Tuesday, May 7th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The new faces at Tulsa’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.” These are some of the things I talked about in the campaign that the citizens were interested in.”

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.