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The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - Diana Bald­win dbald­win@ ok­la­homan.com

Trails up­date

As­phalt work started this week on the 3.2-mile Spring Creek Trail, lead­ing from In­ter­state 35 to Spring Creek Park at Ar­ca­dia Lake.

City of­fi­cials project the 18-foot-wide trail will be com­pleted by the end of sum­mer, said City Man­ager Larry Stevens.

This is the first sec­tion of a trail that peo­ple would like to go around Ar­ca­dia Lake. The project has been in the works since 2011.

Four other sec­tion of the project also are in the works, Stevens said. They are:

• I-35 Frontage Road Trail ac­cess: Work is un­der­way to get ac­cess to the new Spring Creek Trail from the frontage road on I-35. The city has de­sign plans and re­ceived some fund­ing from the state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion to help with the con­nec­tion. Plans are to con­nect with the ex­ist­ing Fox Lake Trail that runs from Fox Lake Lane to 15th Street.

• In­te­gris Trail head con­nec­tion: Coun­cil mem­bers ap­proved this week a $78,518 con­tract to de­sign a quar­ter-mile trail con­nec­tion that would go from the Spring Creek Trail to the park­ing lot of the In­te­gris Med­i­cal Of­fice Build­ing. This will give peo­ple ac­cess to the Spring Creek Trail on the east side of I-35

• Route 66 Trail: This sec­tion of trail is part of the over­all trail plan for Ar­ca­dia Lake and is part of a state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion con­struc­tion project now un­der de­sign. The trail is from Mid­west Boule­vard and Post Road. The 1.5 miles of con­struc­tion will be be­tween Ed­mond Park and Cen­tral State Park. Bids for the project are ex­pected to be signed in the fall.

• Creek Bend Trail: This sec­tion of the trail would ex­tend west from the new Spring Creek Trail and to Coltrane Road. It is to be a 12-foot- to 14-foot-wide paved trail that is 1.2 miles long. City of­fi­cials ex­pected to get fund­ing from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Cen­tral Gov­ern­ments’ Trans­porta­tion Al­ter­na­tives Pro­gram. The de­sign work is com­pleted on the trail and the right of way ac­qui­si­tion process should start soon.

Crest pur­chase

Crest Foods of North­east Ed­mond LLC pur­chased prop­erty near the north­west cor­ner of N Sooner Road and E Covell Road for $4.7 mil­lion from Fair­fax Joint Ven­tures LLC in

July, ac­cord­ing to deeds re­leased from Ok­la­homa County County Clerk David B. Hooten’s of­fice. A site plan for the 106,565-square­foot build­ing was ap­proved in May by the city’s plan­ning com­mis­sion. The new gro­cery store is to be built on 16.72 acres with 747 park­ing spa­ces.

Mu­seum ren­o­va­tion

Ren­o­va­tion of the Ed­mond His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum con­tin­ues.

Long-term wa­ter is­sues have been ad­dressed through the in­stal­la­tion of sump pumps, said City Man­ager Larry Stevens.

“The con­trac­tor com­pleted lead paint abate­ment, re­placed the win­dows and painted win­dow frames,” Stevens said. “A sub­con­trac­tor cleaned the ex­te­rior of the build­ing, wa­ter­proofed it from the ground level, in­stalled wa­ter­proof­ing ma­te­ri­als be­low ground level and a French drain sys­tem on both the north and west sides of the build­ing.”

This will com­plete phase one of the three-phase project. Other pro­jects in­clude re­mod­el­ing the re­stroom to in­clude ADA im­prove­ments, LED light­ing and elec­tri­cal up­grades. Plans are to go out for bids by the end of Au­gust and start work this fall.

The fi­nal phase will be the up­grad­ing and re­place­ment of the hear­ing and air con­di­tion­ing.

The en­tire ren­o­va­tion project is be­ing paid for with money col­lected from a sales tax passed in 2000 for cap­i­tal im­prove­ments.

Cost de­bate con­tin­ues

Ed­mond Pub­lic Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee unan­i­mously re­fused last week to rec­om­mend an of­fer from De­vel­oper Mark Ruf­fin for Ed­mond’s bus ser­vice to make only two stops a day at the So­cial Se­cu­rity of­fice, lo­cated in a build­ing he con­structed in Ok­la­homa City, at a cost of $44,214.

Since 2013, an Ed­mond Citylink bus has stopped at the Ok­la­homa City of­fice be­cause Ruf­fin and his part­ner, Nick Pref­takes, said a fed­eral reg­u­la­tion re­quired pub­lic trans­porta­tion to serve the So­cial Se­cu­rity of­fice.

City of­fi­cials said Ruf­fin told them that re­quire­ment is no longer a re­quire­ment in his con­struc­tion con­tract.

The bus now stops three times a day at the So­cial Se­cu­rity of­fice on the north­west cor­ner of NE 122 and Kel­ley Av­enue. City of­fi­cials re­cal­cu­lated the cost of the route and told Ruf­fin it would cost $64,646 for the next fis­cal year, that is an in­crease from $26,020.

In 2013, Ruf­fin paid the city $63,000 to pro­vide the So­cial Se­cu­rity of­fice with pub­lic trans­porta­tion af­ter fail­ing to come up with a deal with Ok­la­homa City’s bus sys­tem.

City Plan­ner Randy Entz con­tacted Ruf­fin on Fri­day. Ruf­fin plans to con­sider his op­tions and con­tact Entz next week. The city coun­cil will make a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Need an­swers?

Reader Mike Zuck­er­man­del asked: “What is the build­ing on In­ter­state 35 frontage be­tween Chick-filA and Whataburger? Do we know what that is yet?”

City Plan­ning Di­rec­tor Randy Entz an­swered: “It is a Taco Bell.”

Have ques­tions about Ed­mond and its road con­struc­tion, the ho­tel and con­fer­ence cen­ter, traf­fic, new cap­i­tal im­prove­ment pro­jects or any­thing else? Email your ques­tions to dbald­win@ok­la­homan.com. Ed­mond Ex­change will find an an­swer.

[PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

The 3.2-mile Spring Creek Trail at Ar­ca­dia Lake is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of sum­mer.

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