LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A year-long street and drainage project is more than halfway finished, but residents in one Lawton neighborhood say they are getting tired of the headache it's causing.
Work started in June 2015 on Southwest 27th Street between Lee Boulevard and "J" Avenue. Workers have finished the north side of the project, which widened and resurfaced the roadway. Now on the south side of the project, they are relocating water lines and are installing new storm drains, because that area is prone to flooding. And lastly, at the intersection with Lee Boulevard, crews will create dedicated right and left turn lanes from 27th Street onto Lee Boulevard.
Residents say if they ride the bus, they now have to walk several blocks to get to the nearest bus stop. And it is an inconvenience for residents who drive, because they can't use the outlet to Lee Boulevard, nearly doubling their travel time to nearby schools and businesses.
Joann Carter lives in the Garrets Landing Apartment complex just yards away from the construction.
"I wish that they would hurry up! Because I am tired of looking at all the mess out here," Carter said.
She says the most frustrating part is just trying to get out of her apartment complex parking lot.
"Having to get around this construction not only on this side of the apartments, but you kind of have to go the long way around sometimes just to get out onto one of the major streets," Carter said.
The water had to be turned off to all of the residents in the apartment complex for about eight hours Wednesday while crews moved the utilities that used to sit under 27th Street.
Jacquline Collins, a nearby resident, says she will do what she has to do until the water comes back on.
"We're just going to have to put some water in the bathtub and in some pots and pans, and just go with the flow," Collins said.
Collins says when the construction is finally finished, she hopes the road will be much improved.
"It will be better once the street is finished, but I think they are doing a good job and so whenever they do get through we all will be very happy at Garrets Landing," Collins said.
The city says when the concrete starts to be poured, road crews will have to wait for moderately warmer temperatures. The colder temps will hinder the way it is cured and could cause it to crack, messing up the surface of the roadway.
As for the date of completion on the project, the city has given the construction company until June 2016 to finish it, weather permitting.