The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 23, 2013

Mile stretch of 16th closed for culvert installation today

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A mile-long stretch of 16th is closed today so city workers can make repairs.

The road, which is in the rural southeastern part of the city, reportedly has had problems during rainfall.

According to a city of Enid news release, city workers will install a new culvert between Rupe and Southgate. The entirety of 16th will be closed between those intersections.

The road closure is expected to continue through today.

Enid city commissioners earlier this month noted they had received several calls about the area, saying it can become too muddy to drive after heavy rain.

Deputy Public Works Director Rob Camp said at the time that replacing a dirt road with a gravel road is based on priorities, including truck traffic and the number of complaints received.

“I think at 16th and Rupe, there is only one house in that area,” he told the commission in an informal study session.

Commissioners Tammy Wilson and Mike Stuber both said they have received numerous calls complaining of poor road conditions. In July, two Enid Fire Department trucks became stuck in the mud there during heavy rainfall, forcing emergency medical responders to temporarily transport their patient on an all-terrain vehicle.

Improving a dirt road costs the city about $38,000, Camp said. The city only has $200,000 to spend on those improvements this year. Each project takes six weeks.

Although Camp previously said 16th was not on the list of roads to be graveled this year, road improvements began last week. No one from the Public Works office was available for comment or clarification Wednesday, and the city did not send a notice that any construction had begun.

In the previous commission meeting, there were three dirt road sections the city said were on the list to receive work this fiscal year:

• Willow between 66th and 78th.

• 30th between Breckenridge and Carrier.

• 42nd between Breckenridge and Carrier.