Lakeshore Drive Repaving Project
Anglers, motorists and cyclists who use Lake Hefner for their commuter or recreational needs will need to adjust their plans while a portion of the road that borders the west side of Lake Hefner is closed for repaving through November, 2019. Road and trail users should be aware of the following:
- The intersection at Britton Road and West Lakeshore Drive (dam road), including the multi-use trail that parallels the road, will be closed from Monday, Aug. 26 through Tuesday, Sept 3., so crews can repave the intersection. It will then re-open while the remainder of the road is completed.
- The afftected area includes a half-mile stretch of West Lakeshore Drive from Prairie Dog Point to Britton Road. The multi-use trail that crosses West Hefner Drive near Prairie Dog Point will remain open for most of the project using a temporary gravel surface. Cyclists and pedestrians may find the crossing point closed from time to time as is necessary for construction.
The Utilities Department started an 8-year Asset Management program in January, 2019 to being taking inventory of the City's 3,000+ miles of sewer lines. Contractors with engineering firm Woolpert, Inc., will be sending workers into city neighborhoods to manually inspect sewer lines by lifting the manhole covers. From time to time, these contractors may need to access residents' backyards to complete these inspections. The City will send out post cards and post to Next Door when to alert residents that crews are getting ready to enter a new neighborhood area. The Asset management program is part of the Oklahoma City Water Utilities' Trust 10-year Capital Improvement Plan approved in 2017.
The Utilities Department has started work on Phase I of its multi-year plan to join the City's two water treatment plants at Lake Hefner and Lake Stanley Draper. Currently, each plant serves residents in specific parts of the city, with no back-up available in the event of an electric or other operational outage. When the project is complete, the City will have a single system looped system it can use to serve customers throughout Oklahoma City. Pipelines are now being installed along Lake Overholser and Council Road between Reno Ave. and Lake Hefner, and between Melrose Ave. and Pensylvania along Reno Ave. Phase I of the project is expected to be completed by 2023. Construction on Phase II, which will connect existing treated water lines near NE 36th and I-35, will start in 2015. The Hefner-Draper Interconnect Oklahoma City Water Utilities' Trust 10-year Capital Improvement Plan approved in 2017.