Everyday I’m downtown. And despite the jeering of one frequently critical OKC Central visitor, no, I don’t spend my entire days taking photos of construction progress on Project 180. But I am downtown. And it doesn’t take more than a few minutes for me to drive through downtown, survey whether construction workers are making progress on Project 180.
You’ve seen the results of my recent surveys – there have been no more than 18 workers, and often far less, working on all of the ripped up downtown streets at any given time. Often there have been no workers to be seen at either 9 a.m. or 4 p.m.
Today was much different. On every job site I saw no less than a half dozen men, often more, working with what seemed to be a re-dedication to getting the work closer to completion. Main Street, which has languished for almost two years due to one delay after another (it was supposed to be done a year ago), had a half dozen guys doing the final touches on landscaping. This completion will be celebrated by business owners who have suffered greatly during the delays.
All this said, my surveys will continue. I have no intention of discontinuing my progress updates – even if the progress isn’t the image most complimentary to the city or the contractors. Today, have no doubt, the picture was one that had to make many folks happy.