Public hearing set Monday on realigning of Grandview

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

The Pawhuska City Council will hold a public hearing Monday to discuss plans for closing a short stretch of Grandview Avenue as part of a road realignment proposal by the Osage Nation.

The special meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at Pawhuska City Hall, 118 W. Main.

An article appearing in last week’s Journal-Capital erroneously reported that council members had already approved an ordinance in support the Grandview proposal. Actually, the council is to consider action Monday on an ordinance which would allow for the closing of about three blocks of the in-use public roadway.

Osage Nation officials have requested council approval of the road realignment in conjunction with the Osage Nation Campus Master Plan. The city originally turned down the Grandview proposal before voting last month to advance it for the legally-required public hearing.

The first phase of an estimated $23 million in improvements to the tribal headquarters is currently underway with construction of the Osage Nation Welcome Center, which is located adjacent to the affected portion Grandview.

Realignment plans call for closing of approximately 300 feet of the existing Grandview route along a section extending southwest from its current intersection (near 11th Street) with Kihekah Avenue. According to the proposal, Grandview will be re-routed across Osage Nation property located between the 900 block of Grandview and its new junction with Kihekah, at 12th Street.

A traffic circle (or roundabout) is included in the Osage Campus road plans, but it will be located off of Grandview, city officials said.