By JOSH NEWTON
Completed construction to the north end of Cedar Avenue later this year will provide a wider road and a second point of entry and exit to Wheeler Addition.
Tahlequah Street Commissioner Mike Corn said about 3,000 feet – more than half a mile – of the city street north of the Bertha Parker Bypass is being widened to a 32-foot surface.
Gutters and curbs will stretch the entire project to 36 feet wide edge to edge.
Cedar will also be connected to Kim Street, a road running east and west inside Wheeler Addition.
A property owner has provided the city with an easement to bring in the connecting road on the east end of Kim Street, according to Corn.
City officials said the connection will provide an alternate point of entry and exit to Wheeler Addition, and they hope the route will help cut down on the number of crashes where Wheeler Street and North Grand Avenue intersect with the State Highway 82 bypass.
Corn said the Cedar Avenue project has been in the works for a number of years, and is projected to cost around $325,000.
He hopes to see the project completed by July 1, but said the weather has hampered the city’s construction efforts.