The Elk City Downtown Streetscape project was one of the 45 projects awarded today by Oklahoma Department of Transportation at its Monday, August 1st meeting as part of their TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program). This project is a $1.3 million dollar project which will reconfigure the streetscape on Main Street beginning at the intersection of Main Street and 3rd Street (US Interstate 40 bypass) and ending at Main Street and 5th Street.
The scope of this project includes construction of new traffic signals, crosswalks, signage, new concrete sidewalks and decorative paving, road patches as needed, lighting, landscaping and ADA-compliant curb ramps with tactile warning devices. This project will improve the transportation experience for pedestrians in the central business district by providing safe, attractive, and ADA-compliant pedestrian routes.
Funding for TAP is designated for projects like sidewalks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, streetscapes, safe routes to school, and environmental or historical preservation projects. In 2012, U.S. Congress approved the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which consolidated several previous transportation enhancement, trail and safe routes to school project categories into one program, TAP, to allow more flexibility at the state and local levels.