Years long street widening project kicks off in Jenks; hopes to free up congestion
JENKS, Okla. (KTUL) -- After years of planning, the City of Jenks kicked off a year long project to expand Main Street from two lanes to four.
This project is expected to help grow the city but more than anything free up congestion.
From Highway 75 to Elm Street, Main Street will soon be four lanes.
"It is time," resident Andy Schweizer said.
More than 15 years in the making and Schweizer has been here for 13 of those years.
"When I come home I stay on Highway 75 just so I don't have to come through here," Schweizer said.
Named the fastest growing city for many years the traffic jams seem to grow every day.
"It is a real nightmare to have to get up and down through here during rush hour," Schweizer said.
The $10.5 million project will widen the road, improve intersections, drainage systems, signs, merge and connecting roads.
Some businesses say the construction will be a small bump in the road.
"I think it is going to slow us down for a little bit once the construction is in front of our business," Greg Dickens, General Manager of Jenks Auto Center said. "They aren't going to shut down all of the entrances in front of our businesses but it is going to help us grow."
The next ten or so months won't be smooth sailing, but Dickens says the end result will make up for it.
"It is going to increase traffic, the City of Jenks is going to benefit, the customer base will continue to grow, people will continue to come in even with the traffic," Dickens said.
Mayor of Jenks, Doctor Josh Wedman says the project is going to add to the economic development in the city.
"Anytime you widen the road you are going to increase transportation times two, that is how I look at it," Wedman said. "We are going to increase good commerce, it is going to help our education system, it is going to help people get around more freely."
No detours have been posted yet. For updates on the project and any future detours, you can click here.
The city recommends using the Creek Turnpike at Elm Street to get to Highway 75.