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Council approves first Better Streets, Safer City trails project
The Council voted Tuesday to approve resurfacing the Bert Cooper Trails at Lake Hefner using $770,000 from temporary sales tax proceeds. Construction is likely to begin later this summer or in early fall.
The temporary sales tax package included in Better Streets, Safer City took effect Jan. 1 after the MAPS 3 sales tax expired. It’s expected to generate about $240 million over 27 months and includes $12 million for trails, $168 million for street resurfacing, $24 million for streetscapes, $24 million for sidewalks and $12 million for other bicycle infrastructure.
The Community and Neighborhood Enhancement Advisory Board makes recommendations about the Better Streets, Safer City sales tax projects to the City Council, which has final approval. The board meets on the first Monday of each month in Council Chamber on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave.
The board reviews projects and makes recommendations to the City Council about prioritization, timelines, design, contracts and other matters.
The projects will help address street conditions, the perennial top priority of Oklahoma City residents in the Council’s annual resident survey. The result will new streets for drivers, on-street amenities for recreational and commuting cyclists, and streetscapes and trails.
The sales tax projects are joined by the other major Better Streets, Safer City initiatives: a 10-year, $967 million bond program, and a permanent ¼ cent sales tax for more police officers, more firefighters and day-to-day operations.
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