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Ardmore streetscape project delayed

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Work is underway to beautify downtown Ardmore. (KTEN) Work is underway to beautify downtown Ardmore. (KTEN)
An artist's rendering of the downtown Ardmore streetscape project. (City of Ardmore) An artist's rendering of the downtown Ardmore streetscape project. (City of Ardmore)
Ardmore officials said they'll try to keep disruption to a minimum while the downtown streetscape project is under construction. (KTEN) Ardmore officials said they'll try to keep disruption to a minimum while the downtown streetscape project is under construction. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A major effort to beautify downtown Ardmore was expected to be complete later this year.

But the streetscape project timetable has now been pushed back.

"From the initial master planning phase -- where we had public meetings -- to today, it's probably been around two years," said Assistant City Manager Keven Boatright.

The project will not only improve downtown streets, but will also expand and improve sidewalks, making the entire district more people-friendly.

"Easier for ... merchants to either bring merchandise on the sidewalk if they choose, or to have restaurants have outside dining," Boatright said. "That is attractive to a lot of people."

But the streetscape project's fall completion date has now been moved back a few months to early 2019. Boatright explained that some of the underground construction turned out to be more complicated than they thought it would be.

"Anytime you work in a downtown area, there are many many old utilities," he said. "You run into things that you didn't expect to see."

Even though construction might cause a few headaches for motorists, pedestrians and merchants, Boatright said it will all be worth it in the end, and that they'll keep the area running as smoothly as possible.

"We're going to do what we can to disrupt that as little as possible; that is our goal while we're going through this project until the spring of 2019," Boatright said.

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