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Proposition 1

Transportation Bond

Proposition 1:
Transportation Bond

Bond Total:

$72 million general obligation bond
+ $67 million in matching Federal Funds
= $139 million investment in Norman’s transportation infrastructure

Impact to Current Taxes:

Does not increase taxes


Overview

The proposed $72 million transportation bond leverages City and federal funds to undertake 19 projects for a total investment of about $139 million in Norman’s transportation infrastructure.  

If approved, this proposition would provide funding for the City to address issues with the existing transportation infrastructure, including, but not limited to, construction of a new Traffic Management Center, widening and reconstruction of roads, installation of new traffic signals, improvements to stormwater drainage systems, and the addition of sidewalks and multimodal paths.

The 19 proposed projects were selected from the City’s 2014 Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CPT) based on input from the City Council and a number of criteria including priority rating, project readiness, and ability to secure federal funds. The CTP is a living document that was developed with a 45 member citizen’s committee and represents significant planning, research and community input. It serves as Norman’s long-term vision for a range of transportation projects.


Ballot Language

The Proposition 1 vote on a Transportation Bond will appear on the April 2, 2019 ballot as follows:


PROPOSITION NO. 1

Transportation Bond Projects

Shall The City of Norman, State of Oklahoma, incur an indebtedness by issuing its general obligation bonds in the sum of Seventy Two Million Dollars ($72,000,000) to provide funds for the purpose of constructing, widening, and improving streets and bridges in said City (including signage/signalization, lighting, sidewalks/bikepaths, landscaping, related drainage improvements, driveway reconstruction, and other related improvements), to be completed with or without the use of other funds, and levy and collect an annual tax, in addition to all other taxes, upon all the taxable property in said City sufficient to pay the interest on said bonds as it falls due, and also to constitute a sinking fund for the payment of the principal thereof when due, said bonds to bear interest at not to exceed the rate of ten percentum (10%) per annum, payable semi-annually and to become due within twenty-five (25) years from their date?

The voting machines or devices used at said election shall set out the proposition as above set forth and shall also contain the words:

                                                YES – FOR THE ABOVE PROPOSITION

                                                NO – AGAINST THE ABOVE PROPOSITION


To see the complete ordinance language, click here.


Project Map

Use this interactive project map to view the proposed project locations across Norman. You can click on the numbered dots to see detailed project information. To view a larger map, click here.

 

2012 Bond Projects

To see a map of the 2012 Transportation Bond Projects and updates, click here.


Proposed Projects

1. Porter Avenue and Acres Street

Project Cost: $3,369,542 (fully city bond funded)

Projected Construction: 2020

Scope: Intersection widening with new left turn lanes on Porter Avenue, new traffic signal, closure of Daws Street at Porter Avenue, stormwater drainage system, sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Safety of pedestrians crossing Porter Avenue (e.g., Longfellow Middle School students) and higher traffic demand on Acres Street associated with opening of the new Central Library

2. Jenkins Avenue — Imhoff Road to Lindsey Street

Project Cost: $9,601,000 (fully city bond funded)

Projected Construction: 2021

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, four-lane divided roadway (like Lindsey Street east of Jenkins Avenue), new traffic signal at Timberdell Road, traffic signal modifications at Stinson Street and Constitution Street, new sidewalk / multimodal path, decorative roadway lighting, stormwater drainage  system, and landscaping

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate ReavesPark and University of Oklahoma Development Traffic

3. Porter Avenue Streetscape

Project Cost: $2,471,000 (fully city bond funded)

Projected Construction: 2021

Scope: New sidewalks, driveway consolidation or elimination (access management), decorative roadway and pedestrian lighting, landscaping, new curb and gutter, and street furniture (e.g., benches, trash receptacles, ash urns, etc.)

Key Issues Addressed: Access management (elimination or consolidation of driveways), re-establishment of curbs and replacement of antiquated roadway lighting system

4. James Garner Avenue – Acres Street to Duffy Street

Project Cost: $4,951,000 (fully city bond funded)

Projected Construction: 2022

Scope: roadway widening and reconstruction, new traffic signals at Main Street and Gray Street, two-lane divided roadway landscaped median, stormwater drainage system, sidewalks and multimodal path, landscaping, and decorative roadway and pedestrian lighting

Key Issues Addressed: Preservation of Railroad Quiet Zone and traffic impact of James Garner Avenue connection to Flood Avenue

5. Gray Street Two-Way Conversion

Project Cost: $4,816,000 (fully city bond funded)

Projected Construction: 2022

Scope: Traffic signal modifications, intersection widening, four-quadrant gate systems at railroad crossing, re-striping, and signage

Key Issues Addressed: Preservation of Railroad Quiet Zone and traffic impact of James Garner Avenue connection to Flood Avenue

6. Cedar Lane Road — East of 24th Ave. SE to 36th Ave. SE

Project Cost: $13,104,000 ($ 7,500,000 federal funds + $5,604,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2023

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, new traffic signal at 36th Ave. SE, four lanes with on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, and sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Traffic safety at the intersection of Cedar Lane Road and 36th Ave. SE

7. Constitution Street — Jenkins to Classen

Project Cost: $6,563,539 ($3,887,539 federal funds + $2,676,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2023

Scope: Roadway widening to add continuous two-way left turn lane between Jenkins Avenue and Ryan Avenue, curb and gutter, stormwater drainage system, and sidewalk on the south side

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate Reaves Park special event traffic, improved pedestrian facilities, and preservation of Railroad Quiet Zone

8. 36th Ave NW – North of Indian Hills Road to Moore City Limit

Project Cost: $5,511,036 ($2,960,036 federal funds + $2,551,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2024

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, bridge replacement, four/five lanes with on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate future development traffic and regional connectivity (City of Moore)

9. Traffic Management Center

Project Cost: $3,366,000 ($3,000,000 federal funds + $366,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2024

Scope: Phase 1 engineering (systems analysis) required for federal funding eligibility, Phase 2 engineering for final design includes room alterations, video wall, work stations, computer hardware and software, and communication equipment and furniture

Key Issues Addressed: The TMC will serve as the operations center for the City’s Traffic Signal Street network. This one location will monitor traffic signals, intersections, and roads and proactively deploys traffic management strategies to reduce congestion and coordinate state and local authorities during special events, emergencies, or daily stop-and-go traffic.

10. 36th Ave SE – Cedar Lane Road to State Highway 9

Project Cost: $8,108,919 ($5,075,919 federal funds + $3,033,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2025

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, four-lane roadway with exclusive left turn lane at intersections and on-street bicycle lanes, bridge widening, stormwater drainage system, and sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate future traffic from Destin Landing, John Saxon Park and the industrial area west of the park

11. 24th Ave NE – Rock Creek Road to Tecumseh Road

Project Cost: $10,207,615 ($6,517,615 federal funds + $3,690,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2025

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, four/five lane roadway with on-street bicycle lanes, traffic signals at Tecumseh Road and Rock Creek Road, stormwater drainage system, and sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Project addresses the urban roadway loop

12. 48th Ave NW – Phase 1 – Robinson Street to Rock Creek Road

Project Cost: $9,127,469 ($4,917,469 federal funds + $4,210,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2026

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, two-lane divided roadway with exclusive left turn lane at intersections and on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, and sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate future traffic from Las Colinas (a.k.a Windstone Farms) and J&J Additions

13. Lindsey Street Special Corridor — Elm Avenue to Jenkins Avenue

Project Cost: $9,037,661 ($6,371,661 federal funds + $2,666,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2027

Scope: Roadway widening to add left turn lane at intersections, traffic signal modifications, on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, curb and gutter, and sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Restricted left turns at signalized intersections, lack of continuous sidewalks and bicycle lanes, and chronic flooding. Need stakeholder participation to define final scope of project

14. Indian Hills Road – 48th Ave NW to Interstate 35

Project Cost: $16,203,000 ($7,500,000 federal funds + $8,703,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2028

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, four/six-lane divided roadway with exclusive left turn lane at intersections and on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, and sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate future development traffic. Coordination with ODOT is Critical

15. Indian Hills Road and I-35 Interchange Match Funds

Project Cost: $2,009,000 (fully city bond funded)

Projected Construction: 2028

Scope: City matching funds available to support and encourage construction of the Indian Hills Road and I-35 interchange as indicated by the I-35 Corridor Study

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate future development traffic. Coordination with ODOT critical

16. 48th Ave. NW – Phase 2 – Rock Creek Road to Tecumseh Road

Project Cost: $8,096,113 ($5,415,113 federal funds + $2,681,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2029

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, two-lane divided roadway with exclusive left turn lane at intersections and on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, and sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate future traffic from Las Colinas (a.k.a Windstone Farms) and J&J Additions

17. Lindsey Street Special Corridor — Pickard Ave. to Elm Ave.

Project Cost: $4,901,062 ($2,789,062 federal funds + $2,112,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2029

Scope: Roadway widening to add left turn lane at intersections, traffic signal modifications, on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, sidewalks, and curb and gutter

Key Issues Addressed: Restricted left turn lanes at signalized intersections, lack of continuous sidewalks and bicycle lanes, and chronic flooding. Need stakeholder participation to define final scope of project

18. Tecumseh Road – 12th Ave. NE to 24th Ave. NE

Project Cost: $10,872,160 ($6,901,160 federal funds + $3,971,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2030

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, four-lane roadway with exclusive left turn lane at intersections and on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Poor roadway profile and sight distance issues make roadway unsafe and restrict development. Project addresses the urban roadway loop

19. Rock Creek Road – Queenston Ave. to 24th Ave. NE

Project Cost: $6,442,643 ($4,228,643 federal funds + $2,214,000 city bond)

Projected Construction: 2030

Scope: Roadway widening and reconstruction, four-lane roadway with exclusive left turn lane at intersections and on-street bicycle lanes, stormwater drainage system, sidewalks

Key Issues Addressed: Need additional roadway capacity to accommodate future traffic from Hallbrooke Addition and other undeveloped areas along the corridor. Completes the last segment of Rock Creek Road in the urban part of the city