In this week’s ‘You Ask, We Investigate’ report, Fox 24’s Katelynn Zoellner spoke with city officials to get an update on a road project going on in the heart of Rogers.
The Osage Road and Arapaho Drive Improvement Project has been in the works for more than half a decade. Right now, there is a gap between Bellview Road and Osage Road. When the project is complete, the two will connect, providing drivers with an easier and safer connection to New Hope Road.
“That intersection of where Osage Road and Arapaho Drive and New Hope Road intersect just doesn’t work very well,” said Nathan Becknell, City Engineer in Rogers. “There’s a little jog in it, where it hits New Hope and is a little dangerous. We have seen some wrecks there. It will just align it better with Bellview Road.”
Becknell said the project is pretty much ready to go to construction.
“We have designed it and have obtained property for it, ” he said. “We had to get permission to go and build it on the land that’s out there. And, we are in the process of talking to utility companies and getting them to move their facilities out of the way, so that the project can be built.”
Acquiring property and moving utilities is a time intensive part of the project.
“You can look out and you can see poles for electric,” said Becknell. “You can see pedestals sticking up for underground phone lines. Those all need to be moved, so that you can maintain your electricity and your internet service and everything.”
The project will be built with city forces instead of bidding it out. Becknell said while it may be a smaller scale project, the benefits will be felt by many.
“Our engineering staff can handle a lot of projects and if there’s a small project that we can sneak in with our street department, than it’s kind of an extra project we can sneak in and get done,” he said. “It seems like a good simple thing that the city could do to help increase safety and some efficiency out there.”
Becknell said there is no set timeline for the project. However, he said construction will likely begin sometime in 2019.
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