The Duncan Banner

October 17, 2013

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks near pre-Christmas completion date

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Work on two blocks in Marlow are nearing completion, leaving one more block to be finished in an overhaul of the sidewalks in downtown Marlow.

Jason McPherson, acting city administrator, said the goal is to have the project completed by mid- to late December, although it could be even earlier. The project began toward the beginning of May.

“I’m sure business owners have fought the urge to completely hate it,” McPherson said. “Everyone understands why we’re doing it. We want people to continue to come downtown. We’re trying to make businesses as accessible as possible.”

He said there have been some difficulties along the way. Problems have ranged from struggles with traffic lights to narrowing down the high way to one lane during the day to trying to adhere closely to ADA requirements.

McPherson said the project is moving forward and people are starting to see how significant of a difference the project is making to Marlow’s downtown. He said traffic light and street light combinations fixtures were installed last week, providing a noticeable change for the 100 block of West Main.

Downtown reconstruction isn’t the only project on the books for the City of Marlow.

An armory is being re-purposed for the city’s library. This will mean more space for the growing library, but also has meant more work for the community.

McPherson said a lot of work has been done on the exterior of the building, and the interior is starting to take shape. He said things are starting to happen quickly.

“Originally it was a 6-month job by contract,” McPherson said. “I think everyone knew it was going to take longer than six months from the beginning. I think it’s pretty good it’s only taken eight months.”

He said the community will benefit greatly from both projects. And he’s excited to get them completed so the Marlow residents can enjoy the result of the city’s hard work and their patience.

“Hopefully by Christmas, we’ll be done,” McPherson said. “2013 will be a year to remember in Marlow.”

If that isn’t enough, the city is also looking at a project for the end of 2014.

McPherson said a bid opening for a new substation is set for 2 p.m. Friday. This will add a second transformer to the city and will help alleviate the strain on the city’s current transformer.

“November next year, this should be done,” he said.