Construction crews continue working on moving several gas lines that were identified as possible conflicts with the pavement replacement project on State Highway 20.
“We are working with ODOT to prioritize the relocation work necessary for the road construction work to resume as soon as possible,” said Oklahoma Natural Gas Public Relations manager Liza Steger.
Steger said field data and potholing surveys were completed from Highway 66 to Maiden Lane on SH-20, also known as Patti Page Boulevard.
“The survey was completed as planned and conflicts with our pipeline system were identified as expected,” she said.
Steger said ONG and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have collaborated to prioritize the areas where conflicts should be addressed first.
“Approximately 1,200 feet of pipeline will be relocated between North Seminole and North Oak,” she said. “Multiple crews will be relocating this pipeline and working extended hours, to minimize the construction timeline.”
Crews are relocating the conflicting lines west of Wewoka Street to allow road construction to resume on that stretch of road later this month, Steger said.
“The status of those projects ranges from construction to design, with varying timelines for completion,” she said.
ODOT Public Information Officer T.J. Gerlach said they are hoping to remobilize the contractor by the end of October.
“What we want to do is let them get a little bit ahead and we will work behind them,” he said. “As they move forward we can start behind them and hopefully they’ll be done by the time we catch up to them.”
Once the contractor is able to resume work, they will start on the west end with removals and rebuilding, Gerlach said.
Gerlach said if the contractor is able to start by the end of October, and there is a mild winter, then hopefully the project will be done by early to mid summer, weather permitting.
This $4.6 million project included replacing the pavement from the ground up and was awarded to C3 Construction.
Construction began in July, but was put on hold for safety reasons after construction crews hit a gas line three times and found gas lines in two other areas.
“Safety is our number one priority,” Steger said. “We are appreciative of the partnership from ODOT and the city of Claremore as we work together to help this project move forward.”