ODOT crews begin work on highway through Davis

DAVIS, Okla. (KXII) - People driving on Main Street through Davis can expect some delays as crews began work on rebuilding and resurfacing the road from 3rd Street to 10th Street on Tuesday.

ODOT spokesperson Madison Schein said the section of State Highway 7 that runs through Davis has not been resurfaced in more than a decade.

Instead, crews have been patching up potholes every month.

"It's definitely needed and we're excited to get this project started," Schein said. "This will help us manage it. It will be a new fresh foundation of the pavement through this town."

3rd Street to 4th Street will get asphalt, while 4th to 10th will get concrete road.

City Manager Tom Graham said contractors will also be building about two miles of ADA compliant sidewalk, from 4th Street to Cedar Drive, so people will not have to walk in grass or on the curb anymore.

"People that walk, instead of drive, will have a safer access to get into town," Graham said.

The city is getting the sidewalks through a grant with ODOT, which are included in the $3.5 million total.

The project also includes replacing a water line and adding 12 new fire hydrants.

"So it will definitely make those areas better and it should help everybody's peace of mind having better hydrants close to their businesses," Graham said.

Officials said drivers will need to slow down when going through the construction, with the street narrowed to one lane in each direction.

Since there will be some road widening, some lights have also been removed so the area will be darker at night.

Wide load trucks will not be allowed through the construction and rerouted around town.

"All in all, it's going to improve the city of Davis," Graham said. "It's going to make it nicer. It's going to make it safer. It's just going to take us some time to get there."

The project is expected to take about eight months to complete with weather permitting.

The city is also completing work on 3rd Street toward the new high school building. Graham said there have been delays and the project is about 80 percent complete.