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Traffic Talk: Lowering road level raises safety concern

By Don Gammill, Staff Writer Modified: April 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: April 7, 2014

Here’s an area that has attracted a few complaints from readers recently. It’s an area heavily traveled on the north side of Edmond, a street that has been a major route for many travelers for years.

In the interest of public safety, I'd like to report a hazardous road construction, which has stopped uncompleted for more than two months. The location is Danforth and Western. The new road being constructed is at a much lower level than the present road and although some part of the road has been blocked off with a concrete divider, the road outside Stone Briar is not and we have had some accidents. Since there are no street lights, this area is very dangerous specially at night time. The construction of this road began nearly six months ago and nobody (Oklahoma Department of Public Safety/OKC road transportation etc.) seems to know what the reason for the delay is. I’d be grateful if you can help by getting this problem resolved quickly before someone gets killed. Thank you.Susan

Obviously, safety is a key issue, Susan. I’m quite frankly surprised that you haven’t had an informed response from those you cite. Here’s someone who can help clear up the confusion.

Shannon Cox, public information and marketing manager for Oklahoma City’s Department of Public Works, says: “(I)n regard to the road construction project on Danforth (NW 192) and Western, the new road is being lowered, and every precaution is being made to keep the area safe for drivers, where possible concrete barriers are being used.

“The construction work did have weather delays in December, January and February, but the project is still on schedule for completion by the end of the year.

“Currently, most of the work is concentrated at the bridge and west end. The plan is to move back to Western and NW 192 within the next few weeks.”

By the way ...

If you haven’t heard, April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Safety Council is promoting an effort to alert everyone to the dangers of actions and devices that distract drivers and can lead to serious consequences. Forty-three states now have laws banning texting when you are driving. Oklahoma is not one of them.

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