Motorists driving 131st Street east of Mingo Road should prepare for a few months of delays.
Traffic along 131st Street between Mingo and Garnett roads in Bixby will be interrupted for the next few months as the city begins Phase 1 of its Haikey Creek flood-mitigation project.
The project includes construction and replacement of bridges on 131st Street and along a flood plain relief channel running south from 131st Street to the Arkansas River, construction of levees west of Haikey Creek, the widening of Haikey Creek, and construction of the flood plain relief channel west of the creek.
Currently, the relief channel is little more than a ditch. The bridges will be expanded to accommodate the widening of the channel.
Construction of the two bridges between Mingo and Garnett is scheduled to be complete by mid-July. A third bridge west of Mingo Road on 131st Street will be worked on from mid-July to mid-August.
“What we are trying to do is get 131st Street entirely done before school starts,” said Bixby City Engineer Jared Cottle.
The $12.2 million flood-mitigation project is being funded with Vision 2025 funds.
Cottle said the primary benefit of the project is that it will take property out of the flood plain.
“This project will bring over 900 acres of land for development out of the flood plain,” he said.
All phases of the project are expected to be completed within two years.
Kirby Crowe with Program Management Group, which oversees the Vision program for the county, said the project has been funded for a while but has been waiting for the city to acquire needed rights of way and to complete and obtain regulatory approval.
By KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Posted on May 29, 2014 at 2:02 am by John Cantero (918) 313-0408