Ardmore streetscape project near completion

Ardmore, Okla. (KXII) - After spending two years transforming this part of downtown Ardmore the city says the streetscape project is just about completed.

"We're really trying to finish up, if you will, the final punch list that needs to be done," Kevin Boatright said.

Asst. City Manager Kevin Boatright says the last of those tasks include adding more trees and streetlights on East Main Street between Washington Street and A Street.

Once those final touches are added, they'll transition to the second part which includes adding more parking at Depot District and expanding the landscape east of Main to D street.

The roughly 4 million dollar project included making the one-way street a two-way street, widening the sidewalks and repainting the road for back end parking.

Boatright says it's all to attract shoppers downtown to support businesses.

"And of course that helps their sales which generate sales tax, which helps us provide the services as the city back to the citizens," Boatright said.

Economic boost businesses like The Stag need after suffering a loss in annual sales due to the ongoing construction.

"We had a lot of support from Main Street and everyone in Ardmore came down and kept us going," The Stag manager Hayden Hunt said. "We're really appreciative of that."

Hunt says it was all worth it now seeing more people coming down to check out the renovations, even if it means they have to take a shot at back end parking.

"It looks really good and it's only going to get better with the finishing touches," Hunt said. "At least try the back end parking, it's not as bad everyone thinks and you'll get it the first try!"

Boatright says it could be until the middle of June before they start constructing those additional parking spots. That project will be under the direction of ODot.



 
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