Sidewalk project to go on excluding downtown area

The estimated $1.2M sidewalk project that will include major portions of Division St. and Noble Ave. will move forward. However, the project will not go through the historical district of the downtown area.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans to fund the project that will install and improve sidewalks along Division St. beginning from Industrial Road north to Noble Ave. and from the intersection of Noble Ave. and Division St. east to Drexel St.

ODOT plans to go out for bids in the coming weeks.

The project was to go through the historic district beginning from Perkins St. to Vilas Ave. on Division St., from Cleveland Ave. to Noble Ave. and on Noble Ave. from Division St. to Broad St.

However, Guthrie Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) voted unanimously in an Aug. 3 meeting to approve the sidewalk project with the condition that the entire sidewalk project within the historic district be red brick sidewalks, not concrete sidewalk. Related article: Division St., Noble Ave. sidewalk project hits bump in the road

ODOT elected to exclude the downtown portion of the project.

“Based upon the recommendations below by the HPC – Division 4 has elected to exclude the historic district portion of the project and move forward with the remaining project,” an ODOT representative told city officials.

The cost difference between a brick and concrete sidewalk is an estimated $50,000 additional for brick on one side of a city block (360 feet), according to a City engineer.

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