Eric Swanson Staff Writer email@example.com
Scenic Drive between Stadium Drive and 18th Street is less than 500 yards long, but it is one of the busiest roads in town.
The narrow street’s asphalt surface is withering, but it is getting a major face lift this fall with the help of sales tax dollars.
City crews are completely rebuilding the section of Scenic that links the south side of East Central University with Wintersmith Park. The city is tearing out the existing street to accommodate a newly stabilized subgrade and a new rock base, which will increase the time needed to complete the work.
The city started working on that section of Scenic in late August and may have it finished within 100 working days if the weather cooperates, public works director Carl Allen said in a news release.
“We’re shooting to complete it before the onset of the holidays,” he said.
The project carries an estimated price tag of $250,000, which will be covered by money from the Proposition 1 sales tax. Propositions 1 and 2 date back to 1988, when voters approved a one-cent sales tax for street upgrades and economic development projects.
The city will rebuild Scenic with stronger and longer-lasting concrete, and crews will install a sidewalk on the north side of the street and bike lanes on both sides, said City Manager Cody Holcomb.
“This will make it easier and — most importantly — safer for our citizens to move back and forth between ECU and Wintersmith Park,” he said in the news release.
ECU President John Hargrave said he was pleased about the project, which will make it safer for students to walk, run or bike between the campus and Wintersmith Park.
“Our students are so excited about connecting the campus to Wintersmith,” he said. “ECU is proud to have partnered with the city of Ada once again.”
The stretch of Scenic between Stadium and 18th will remain closed until the project is finished. City officials are reminding people to be careful while driving in the area and respect all traffic barricades around the project.