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Traffic Talk: Progress requires inconvenience at times

Don Gammill: Be prepared to slow down, move over or find an alternative route if construction frustrates you
by Don Gammill Published: November 5, 2012
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It's gotten more than a little crowded on the north side recently as major road projects continue. Progress is being made, but motorists just need to be patient. Progress does take time.

I live in the Durban Hills subdivision at NW 178 and Western. They have been working on moving utilities on Western for the last two years. Would you find out when they are going to start construction and how long it will take? I have contacted Oklahoma City but no response. I travel Western daily and wondering when I need to change my route.

— Michael

The man with the answer is Ahmad Lesani, general obligation bond program manager for the city of Oklahoma City.

He said, “The widening for Western Avenue, from NW 164 to NW 178, is scheduled for construction in spring 2013.

“Since the intersections of NW 164 and NW 178 have previously been widened, I estimate the construction duration of about nine months.

“Another project that widens Western Avenue from NW 178 north to the city limits is under design. It is on placeholder for bond sale in 2013.”

Ahmad says that part of that roadway already has been widened to four lanes and requires some repair/overlay.

“If all things go accordingly,” he says, referring to handling utilities, etc., construction may begin in summer 2013.

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by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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