ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Businesses on East Main Street, like The Stag, are looking forward to seeing the city's streetscape project unfold.
"I think people just knowing that something is going on down here, people will come down check it out and see everybody's stores and businesses so I think it'll help a lot," The Stag employee Payton Brewster said.
The roughly 4 million dollar project includes repaving roads and sidewalks from East Main Street, just after Washington Street, to D Street NE and from Caddo Street to Broadway.
Ardmore resident Sylvia McDaniel hopes the project will bring more growth to the city.
"Any towns that we go that are even smaller than this," McDaniel said, "If they are attractive, have neat shops, they seem to have more people."
Assistant City Manager, Kevin Boatright, tells us city commissioners approved a 3.4 million dollar bid earlier this month.
The project is set to start mid to late January.
"All of this is to show that the City of Ardmore realizes the importance of downtown," Boatright said, "Your businesses and merchants downtown are just as a important as any other business across the city."
Boatright says there will be wider sidewalks, more parking spots and changing East Main from a one way, three lane street to a two way street with a landscaped median dividing it.
Parking in the project area will also change to back end parking - allowing drivers to see oncoming traffic and keeping passengers closer to the curb when they get exit their car.
"It's good to keep that history there but it's also good to try to encourage economic development to happen in the downtown area and that is very important," Boatright said.
Boatright says the project will be done in two phases and should be near completion by October 2018.
He also says they will be working on minimizing road closures but want to warn drivers that Caddo Street may be closed for a short time while utility work is being done.