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As part of ongoing work in the area, contractors will close Sooner Road beginning Monday. This full road closure is expected to last approximately three weeks with cooperative weather.

The area of Sooner Road to be closed is immediately north of Covell Road. During this time, traffic will be able to access the Sooner/Covell intersection from the south, west and east. All other motorists will need to find an alternate route to their destination.

The contractor will be installing a concrete drainage box and additional drainage pipes below the road.  Additionally, the grade of the road will be raised several feet during the closure.

The full project is being administered and inspected by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) with Allen Contracting Inc. selected as the contractor. The total cost is $12,499,405.26 with ODOT providing 47 percent of the funding ($5,905,800.00) and the City of Edmond providing 53 percent of the funding ($6,593,605.26).

The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 at Seward were shut down Friday morning due to an overturned semi leaking fuel, according to Charity Shipley of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

OHP was contacted about the traffic hazard at 8:58 a.m.

Traffic was backed up all the way to the second Guthrie exit as a result. Drivers faced a nearly two-hour delay driving from Guthrie to Edmond.

Traffic was still being directed off at Seward Road. at 2:30 p.m. OHP re-opened the southbound lanes at 3:17 p.m. after the lanes were closed for six hours and 30 minutes.

At 9 a.m. Saturday the traffic signal located on Boulevard just north of Fifth Street will be removed. The work is expected to be completed prior to the noon hour.

Work will remove the traffic signal equipment as well as the pavement markings. The outside lane in each direction will be closed while the signal mast arms are removed, but the inside lanes will remain open.

Traffic will be diverted from one lane to another while pavement markings are being removed. Traffic will still be able to flow through the area but motorists can expect delays and will need to be aware of workers on or around the roadway.

Drivers can expect lane shifts and the following closures at the intersection of Broadway and 33rd St. in Edmond:

• Eastbound 33rd Street is narrowed to one lane from the railroad to Broadway through Monday. Drivers may still turn right or left at the intersection.

• The right lane of westbound 33rd Street will be intermittently closed just east of Broadway through 7 p.m. Friday for driveway work.

Drivers should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to plan for extra time or to use an alternate route. This reconstruction and widening project continues through summer 2016. More information: http://www.ok.gov/odot/33rd_Broadway.html

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A female driver missed the brake pedal and instead hit the accelerator causing her vehicle to crash into the One Cafe during the noon lunch hour Monday, said Jenny Wagon, Edmond Police spokeswoman. No injuries were reported at the crash site located at 122 E. 15th St.

“I do not believe she will be ticketed. It’s private property,” Wagnon said. “I don’t think there are any charges that want to be pursued on that end.”

The crash did cause a shock when it damaged part of the wall causing brick and window damage, said Gary Tennyson, a patron of the cafe. He was sitting close to the window but not near enough to be hit by the car.

“I was in there and it was over with before I knew what happened,” Tennyson said. “It was one of those things when you look over your shoulder and say ‘Wow.’”

The matter will likely be settled by insurance companies, Wagnon said.

Southbound I-35 will be narrowed to one lane between East Seward Road and Waterloo Road south of Guthrie from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for surface repairs. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

An Edmond man was a victim of a fatality collision that occurred at about 4 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Waterloo Road and State Highway 74, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP). The site of the incident was about five miles south of Guthrie in Logan County.

Trooper Kelton Hayes noted in his report that the victim, Gerald D. Hanneman, 55, was driving a black 2013 Harley Davidson and was transported by Deer Creek emergency services to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Hanneman was pronounced dead by Dr. Victor Davis at 4:34 p.m. due to massive injuries sustained in the collision.

“Vehicle 1 (Hanneman) was traveling southbound on SH74,” Hayes reported.

Work to resurface a section of Santa Fe Avenue is slated to begin Monday. The project is expected to take approximately one week with cooperative weather.

The area of Santa Fe to be resurfaced is the north half mile between Sorghum Mill Road and Waterloo Road. The road will remain open during this time, but motorists should expect delays with various lane closures and are encouraged to find an alternate route if possible. 

The project is being conducted by Oklahoma County District No. 3 through an interlocal agreement with the City of Edmond. Oklahoma County and the City of Edmond are sharing the cost of the project with the city share being $80,000.00.

Edmond Police Department arrested two burglary suspects Tuesday night. Kevin Bottler, 31, and Ryan Gattenby, 23, were taken into custody when officers discovered their vehicle full of stolen property, said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond Police spokeswoman.

“One of the defendants agreed to be driven around by our officers and show him where they committed auto burglaries overnight. They hit cars in Copperfield, Parklane and Chisolm Lake and then possibly went west in OKC jurisdiction,” Wagnon said.

Wagnon said that one of the defendants said during his arrest “Why bother with locked cars when there’s so many unlocked.”

Five burglary victims have been identified by police. All of the victims left their vehicles unlocked.

The police report for this incident was not complete Wednesday afternoon, Wagnon said.

Advice from one retiring Edmond school teacher is, “Do what you love.”

For Robin Tippin, Santa Fe High School French teacher, retiring will be a continuation of what she has loved doing for the past 40 years.

A National Board Certified French teacher, Tippin said, “Teaching is not just my vocation, but my avocation. It is something I love doing. Not once in 40 years did I ever think about changing professions.”

A third generation educator, her grandfather graduated from Kansas University in 1907. He taught high school before becoming a principal and then a superintendent. Her mother earned a degree in English.

Trying to predict the oil and gas commodity market is a lot like predicting the weather, Devon Energy analyst Chris Schinnerer told the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Friday.

“Whatever I say today might not come true,” Schinnerer said.

The Oklahoma State University alum has headed the Devon Energy’s commodity market analysis group for six years and in that time he’s seen highs and lows.

In January 2014, oil was at $100 a barrel and exploration and production was booming.

“Everybody in the world thought oil would be at $100 forever,” he said.

The market for West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around $100, reaching a high of $105.54 in June 2014 and then going into a sharp dive over the next six months, dropping to just below $50 in March 2015.

Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s Monday meeting include a report on the agency’s recent work zone safety awareness efforts, discussion of legislative issues and state budget cuts, and a vote acknowledging new turnpike routes planned by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

Commissioners also approved contracts for resurfacing on I-40 in Beckham County, Intelligent Transportation Systems installation at several border crossings and a preliminary engineering study for long-range planning of future reconstruction of the I-44 Belle Isle bridge in Oklahoma City.

A Guthrie woman is hospitalized after a personal injury collision occurred at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. The collision involved two vehicles heading southbound on Interstate 35 near the 145 mile marker in Edmond, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Shacarra Muhammad, 35, of Guthrie, was transported by EMSA to INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. She was admitted in stable condition with neck and spinal injuries, according to Trooper Nicholas Oliver.

Neither Guthrie’s 29-year-old Jacob Hitchcock nor his 18-year-old passenger Jessie Carter were injured. According to the OHP, the rear tire of Hitchcock’s 2004 Ford box truck ruptured while heading southbound on the outside lane of I-35.

Hitchcock’s truck swerved to the left and struck a 2004 Ford pickup driven by Muhammad, according to OHP.

A contract was awarded for grade, drain, surface and traffic signal work in Edmond Sen. Clark Jolley and Rep. Lewis Moore announced.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the project will involve grade, drain, surface and traffic signal work on one mile of Covell Road, at the intersection of Sooner Road.

Jolley, R-Edmond, said the State Transportation Commission awarded the nearly $12 million contract to Allen Contracting, Inc. The Oklahoma City company was the lowest of three bidders for the job, said Moore, R-Arcadia.

Once construction begins, the project is estimated to be completed within about 10 months.

Red, yellow and green are about to become the three favorite colors of those who regularly travel Waterloo Road to access Interstate 35.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation plans to install temporary traffic signals on Waterloo Road at the I-35 interchange just north of Edmond. This safety measure is expected to improve traffic flow at the I-35 interchange, easing the long lines and delay that exists today during rush hour. The traffic signals will become permanent in 2021 when reconstruction begins, bringing a new type of interchange design to Oklahoma.

Northbound SH-74 (Portland Avenue) traffic shifted to the recently-paved northbound lanes between Memorial Road and Northwest 164th St. Monday afternoon.

Northbound traffic will remain at one lane at this time as the contractor finishes the four-lane divided highway as part of an ongoing widening and reconstruction project. Northbound traffic will have access to the on- and off-ramps at Memorial Road and Northwest 150th Street. The intersection of SH-74 and Northwest 164th Street will remain a 4-way stop for the next three weeks as work on the traffic signal continues.

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Oklahoma’s most expensive interstate project to date is about to begin another phase of development with the reconstruction of Interstate 44 and the Broadway Extension, said Terri Angier, ODOT chief of the media and public relations.

The project’s cost is nearly $88 million when adding in another resurfacing contract with incentives that ODOT approved a few months ago. This third phase of reconstruction is farther south of the interchange.

The project was awarded to Allen Contracting Inc. of Oklahoma City. It is set to begin with resurfacing during the end of May or early June, Angier said.

“We want to get the highway ready for three years of pounding and construction and minimize potholes while we’re in the middle of a construction phase,” Angier said.

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Edmond Electric is accepting entries for their annual Touch-a-Truck event set for Saturday, June 4.

Touch-A-Truck is a fundraising event that provides kids of all ages with the opportunity to experience life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, firemen, construction workers and many more.

“Families will have the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of many vehicles such as Edmond’s own fire trucks and police cars, an Edmond Electric bucket truck and even a solid waste truck.”

Last year, the event displayed over 50 different vehicles for kids to enjoy.

Admission for the Touch-A-Truck event is a suggested $2 donation with all proceeds going to the Edmond Hope Center to benefit local residents in need.

A woman who made a U-turn in the southbound lanes of Broadway Extension struck by oncoming traffic is the victim of a deadly collision, police say. The crash occurred just north of 122nd Street.

The victim’s name was 47-year-old Lisa Berger of Jones, said Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Gary Knight.

An emergency call reporting the accident was received at 11:16 a.m.

Knight said Berger was going eastbound on 122nd Street Monday. Berger was preparing to go south on Broadway Extension, Knight said.

A 43-year-old Oklahoma City man traveling with a 2-year-old female baby both died from wounds suffered in a fatality collision at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. They were on Interstate 35 southbound, just one-tenth of a mile north of Covell Road, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Conditions were rainy, but the cause of the collision remains under investigation, OHP noted.

David Stephen Blair II, 35, of Midwest City, was injured and transported by EMSA to OU Medical. Blair was admitted in critical condition with head, trunk, internal and external injuries, according to OHP. Blair was driving a 1999 Ford Expedition.

The second passenger in the Ford Expedition was transported to OU Medical Center in critical condition with head, trunk, internal and external injuries.

New Amtrak thruway bus connections now enable Amtrak passengers to make nightly connections between Amtrak Trains 3 & 4, the Southwest Chief, at Newton, Kan., and Amtrak Trains 821 & 822, the Heartland Flyer, at Oklahoma City, via the Wichita, Kan., bus station currently at 312 S. Broadway.

The schedules, now bookable via Amtrak.com, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL, open Wichita to more than 500 Amtrak destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. This thruway bus connection is one of only two such connections between Amtrak routes in the western U.S.

Same-day travel to popular midwestern destinations such as Kansas City, Chicago or Texas destinations such as Fort Worth and San Antonio are now possible with the service operated by Village Tours of Wichita, under contract with Amtrak.

Work to resurface a section of 15th Street is slated to begin Monday. The project is expected to take approximately one week with cooperative weather.

The area of 15th Street to be resurfaced is from Broadway to Boulevard. The road will remain open during this time, but traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to find an alternate route if possible.

This resurfacing is part of the scheduled 2015-16 mill & overlay projects for the City of Edmond. Haskell Lemon Construction Company is the contractor for these projects with a total cost of $2,034,625.

Work to replace sewer lines under a section of Rankin Street is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday. The project is expected to last through the day with completion by 6 pm.

The area of Rankin Street affected is from Seventh Street to Eighth Street. Traffic will not be able to pass through the area during the work, and motorists will need find an alternate route. 

The road will reopen to traffic with temporary repairs, but will be permanently repaved in the coming weeks.

This work is part of the FY14 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project (Phase I) taking place in various locations. Jordan Contractors Inc. is the contractor for the total project with an overall cost of $2,362,517.00.

Work to resurface a one mile section of Santa Fe Avenue is slated to begin Saturday. The entire project is expected to take approximately two weeks with cooperative weather.

The area of Santa Fe to be resurfaced is from Coffee Creek Road to Sorghum Mill. The road will remain open during this time, but motorists should expect traffic to be reduced to one lane with the use of flaggers.

This resurfacing is part of the scheduled 2015-16 Mill & Overlay projects for the City of Edmond. Haskell Lemon Construction Company is the contractor for with a total cost of $2,034,625.

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The greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area could benefit from commuter rail to link the six largest cities in the area.

Mayor Charles Lamb was one of six mayors this week to sign an historic agreement in Oklahoma City to create a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for the region. Mayors from the six cities represented Edmond, Oklahoma City, Norman, Moore, Midwest City and Del City.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation still estimates that construction work at 33rd and Broadway will be completed in the summer of 2016, said Lisa Salim, ODOT spokeswoman.

“It’s too early to tell if we’re going to finish early because things can still happen in the project. But as of this moment, we are slightly ahead of schedule,” Salim added.

Intersection improvements will bring additional dual westbound to southbound left-turn lanes as well as dual southbound to eastbound left-turn lanes. Single westbound and eastbound right-turn lanes are included in the project. The contractors are Allen Construction and Shell Construction Inc., both of Oklahoma City.

The first phase of the Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) is nearly complete, City Manager Larry Stevens reported to the Edmond City Council this week.

“We hope the contractor, who is Midstate Traffic Control, will be finished around or by the end of November,” Stevens said.

The traffic management center is staffed at the Public Works Building downtown. The center will be fully operational when the first phase of ITS is completed.

Edmond City Council has approved an interlocal agreement with Oklahoma County District 3 to complete a reconstruction of Sorghum Mill Road between Air Depot Boulevard and Midwest Boulevard. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday with right-of-way clearing and drainage work.

The roadway will be open to thru traffic for most of the project but periodic closures will be necessary. Work is expected to be completed in 60–90 days.

The City of Edmond’s total estimated cost is $550,000.

Work will resurface multiple streets between Kelly Avenue and Fretz Avenue. Work to resurface multiple residential streets in the Main Street Addition began Thursday.

The project is expected to take approximately one month with cooperative weather, said Casey Moore, city spokesman

The area to be resurfaced is north of Edmond road between Kelly Avenue and Fretz Avenue. Specific streets that will be addressed include:

• Story Street from Edmond Road to Campbell Street

• Howard Street from Edmond Road to 200 feet north of Hurd Street

• Madison Street from Edmond Road to Hurd Street

• Second Street from Kelly Avenue to the Railroad Tracks

“This resurfacing is part of the scheduled 2014-15 Mill & Overlay projects for the City of Edmond,” Moore said. “Atlas Paving is the contractor for these projects with a total cost of $3.977 million.”

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Shelayna Renea Knott, 28, of Orlando, Okla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Eagle Heights Baptist Church, Stillwater, Okla.