Easy to say, tough to do, but being patient is generally a good idea when you come upon a traffic bottleneck.
Thomas, Oklahoma City
“While the next State Highway 74 projects are currently scheduled to take place several years out, if funding were to become available, these projects may be moved forward in our 8-year construction plan.
“Normally, we start in the section of a corridor that has the highest traffic volumes. However, the overall SH 74 corridor reconstruction between Memorial Road and Waterloo Road began at the north end to address much needed bridge replacements along SH 74 between Covell Road and Waterloo Road.
“ODOT felt it was crucial to replace the bridges in the northernmost two sections of the SH 74 corridor as soon as possible.
“Two past projects have reconstructed, upgraded traffic signals and widened SH 74 to five lanes from N 206 (Covell Road) north to N 248 (Waterloo Road).
“Currently, the next project is scheduled to go out for bids in 2015 and will widen SH 74 to four lanes between Memorial Road and just north of N 164 (15th Street, Edmond) and will also reconstruct the SH 74 interchange at N 150 (33rd Street, Edmond). This project is estimated to cost approximately $30 million.
“A final project is scheduled to go out for bids in 2016, which will widen SH 74 to four lanes from north of N 164 north to N 206 (Covell Road). This project is estimated to cost approximately $20 million.”
Now, you have an estimated timeline.
While work is progressing on the Kilpatrick Turnpike widening on the north side of the metro, pay close attention to the new, temporary lines for the lanes of traffic.
Last week, I saw a large truck nearly steer into the path of a much smaller vehicle as they approached an exit because the truck driver likely (1) was traveling too fast and was upon the exit before he/she saw it; (2) was confused by the lane markings; or (3) wasn't paying attention.
Whatever the reason, the incident almost had serious consequences. As it was, the truck driver alertly turned off his blinker and moved back to the left, then exited at the next location.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.