The Edmond Sun

December 26, 2012

City to seek federal funds for bicycle program

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Progress continues for the Bicycle Master Plan. The Edmond City Council voted to approve plans to seek 100 percent of federal funds for the $85,000 “Share the Road” project.

This project will install “Share the Road” signs as well as pavement markings on Boulevard from Clegern to the south city limits and on the Interstate 35 Frontage Roads from Second Street to the south city limits as identified in the Edmond Bicycle Plan, according to city documents.

A resolution is necessary in order to secure federal funds, said Tom Minnick of the engineering department. This funding is for federal fiscal year 2014.

The Bicycle Master Plan by the City of Edmond was adopted by the City Council in November. The plan identifies short- and long-term bicycle facility improvements for the City of Edmond in order to create a more bicycle-friendly community.

The plan has been vetted with the community. Workshops have taken place in the course of the year to provide public input into the plan. Mayor Charles Lamb said the plan raises awareness of bicycling.

Bike lanes on University from Second Street to Chowning will be the first project developed beginning in June, he said. This segment of University will change from four lanes to three lanes with a center turn lane and bike lanes on the outside.

In addition, the city approved the following items on Thursday:

• Approval of engineering design contract with Cowan Group Engineering LLC for Fiscal Year 2013 Waterline Improvements Project; $199,800. The waterline replacement program targets water lines that require substantial maintenance as well as those unable to provide the necessary flow volume.

• Acceptance of bid and approval of agreement for the Summer Oaks Waterline Improvement Project for the Engineering Department; $1.13 million. Staff recommended accepting the bid for the Summer Oaks Waterline Improvement Project from Nowak Construction Company. They submitted the lowest and best bid, according to information provided in the City Council agenda packet. | 341-2121