Shawnee residents have another reason to avoid Kickapoo Street with a resurfacing project south of Kickapoo Spur.
The project is being done by Haskell-Lemon through a contract with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for nearly $1 million, ODOT spokesman Larry Clore said.
The resurfacing project follows Kickapoo Street south from Kickapoo Spur before turning east at Highland Street. From Highland the project travels to Bierd Street where it turns south and continues to Farrall Street, Clore added.
The project is expected to last about two months, and will not interfere with a recently contracted feasibility project to consider widening Kickapoo Street from the spur to Farrall Street.
“We’re still doing the study, we don’t even know if we’ll do the widening yet,” Clore said.
He added that several things must be done before a widening project could be started, including moving utilities and obtaining rights of way.
“It could still be several years out,” Clore said.
If the widening project is undertaken, Clore said travelers will be able to use the refinished lanes while other lanes are being completed. After the other lanes were completed, traffic would be rerouted to the newly completed lanes, while work on the other lanes continued.
All this is contingent upon the widening being approved, Clore added.
This project, along with the widening project from Kickapoo Spur heading north to MacArthur Street, has caused many Shawnee residents to seek alternate routes.
Clorisa Brown said she avoids Kickapoo Street when she can, but added that she can’t always avoid the street because her church is on Kickapoo Street.
“At one point I do have to cross it,” Brown said.
Gary McClelland said he avoids Kickapoo when possible by taking Broadway Street or Airport Road.
“It is almost impossible to make a left turn to make a left turn off of Kickapoo,” McClelland said.
While it is inconvenient now, he added that Shawnee will be better served once the projects are completed.
“I know it will be for the best when it is done,” McClelland said.