Projects Under Construction
The City of Tulsa has completed some road work with an optional 24-hour schedule. The most recent example of this was the reconstruction and widening of the intersection of West 71st Street and South Union Avenue. The contractor may not have worked literal 24-hour days, but did work both day shifts and night shifts to complete the project more quickly.
Optional 24-hour construction has both advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include completing projects in a shorter time period, reducing adverse impacts on adjacent businesses, shortening the overall time frame for work-zone traffic congestion, and allowing work to occur in larger areas.
Disadvantages include safety issues for working at night; nighttime work lighting and construction noise disturbing residents either near the site or along routes to and from the site; higher cost for night-shift workers; higher cost for more city inspectors; lack of access to daytime city workers and businesses such as engineering firms, material suppliers, and public utilities; and restrictions on use of paving materials in colder, nighttime temperatures.
The City of Tulsa is evaluating the feasibility of other projects for potential 24-hour construction schedules. Considerations include proximity to residential areas and whether the extra costs would provide enough benefits.
About the 5-Year Streets Program – Fix Our Streets 2008
See the 2008 five-year plan projects and previously approved projects currently in progress.