The Route to the Future.

That’s the theme of a survey the city of El Reno is undertaking in an effort to develop a comprehensive plan.

At last week’s El Reno Now event, Mayor Matt White said the survey will help determine what projects might be included in a future bond issue.

He encouraged El Reno residents to get involved in the process, saying if someone does not promote a project they deem worthwhile, it “probably won’t be included.”

City Planner Dustin Downey has been leading the planning effort, working with members of the Municipal Planning Commission as well as volunteers.

Surveys have been handed out to people at Burger Day, Small Town Weekend and last weekend’s Smoke on the Water Drag Boat Races.

The information provided in the surveys could help lead to investments in things such as sidewalks, White said. He said the city is currently working with the state of Oklahoma on a plan for sidewalks along Country Club Road. White said the plan could later include sidewalks along Elm Street from Country Club to Choctaw.

The survey questions differ and have touched on needed infrastructure and housing to quality of life issues such as bike and walking trails.

White also touched on the construction taking place on Grand, just to the north of Sunset. He said the one block of Grand was closed to allow for the construction of a larger Dollar General. White said the expanded store will carry grocery items. He said many people living in that area tend to walk, so making it more “pedestrian-friendly” was the goal.