DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Durant City Council members called a special public meeting Tuesday evening to decide whether to continue the city's relationship with the construction firm responsible for the long-delayed University Boulevard project.

After a month of negotiations with the company — and staff changes at Schiralli — a new contract agreement is in place.

"When Schiralli is ready to begin, they are welcome to come back on he project," said city spokesperson Rebecca Carroll. "As far as the timeline goes, we have our first big milestone for February 25th, and according to the timeline, they should be completely done by August."

The project to widen a nine-block section of the road between University Place and Westside Drive began in late 2021 and had originally been set for completion within six months.

Here is when sections of the University Boulevard project are now scheduled to be finished:

  • February 25: Gates Avenue to University Place
  • April 14: University Place to Radio Road
  • June 7: Radio Road to Westside Drive (westbound)
  • July 17: Radio Road to Westside Drive (eastbound)

Schiralli will be liable for $2,000 daily penalties for failing to meet those goals.

One of the biggest changes the city sought in its arrangement was more accountability and better communication. 

"We are getting reports on staffing every week... the beginning of the week... and they will send us an update report to our City Manager Lisa Taylor at the end of the week outlining progress made," Carroll said.

Durant business owner Bobby Story, who counts on traffic from University Boulevard, is ready for the saga to be over with.

"It's just been way too long getting this project done," he said. "If we try to go with another company, we could extend this thing out maybe another year."