For the past week or so, the right eastbound lane near the intersection of Ninth and Oklahoma has been closed due to construction.

Recently the right northbound lane of Ninth Street was also blocked off.

Woodward City Manager Alan Riffel said while motorists may be weary of the bottleneck effect, motorists are not out of the woods just yet. Construction workers are boring for water and sewer services for the new Walgreens on the corner of Ninth and Oklahoma. While everything seems to be going right on schedule, Riffel said road closures will still last at least through the end of the week.

“I’d expect that they’re moving on or ahead of schedule because of the weather. I know Walgreens is anxious to get those things done as soon as they can so the contractor’s are working as quickly as possible,” said Riffel.

City officials say they’ve been pleased with motorists’ courtesy and how they’ve adapted to the construction situation.

“As busy an intersection as that is, to have the traffic choke down to that, we’ve had a good response. People make adjustments, and once they drive through there they know that it’s there,” said Riffel.

Riffel said after the new Walgreens is finished, the state highway department will be looking at issues of traffic lighting and turn radius.

“That’s as much as a year away,” said Riffel.

Riffel said the City Commission will look at a contract next month that will involve it in those decisions.

While there are safety concerns with the high volume of traffic passing through the intersection, as well as the current location of the middle school, Riffel said the city will be looking into widening sidewalks and crosswalks in the area.

“We’re taking every opportunity to address things as they occur there. It’s a pretty difficult location, so we want to continue to be concerned about it and address it as much as possible,” said Riffel.

While the new businesses will inevitably draw traffic, Riffel said that also means revenue, economic growth and prosperity for the city.

“All new businesses, even competing businesses mean extra revenue for the city and improved, increased traffic into the city, so more tax revenues are produced,” said Riffel.

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