Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Here’s hoping you’ll have a great — and safe — one.
As the school year ends and the vacation season picks up, we all need to be more careful as we travel. Whether you’re on the road, in the air, on a ship, or simply around the house, pay attention.
That’s especially true in areas where crews are, or have been working on roadways. Even those where the work has been finished can be a hazard if you aren’t prepared for any changes that might have been made.
Here’s one such area where significant work was done.
Can you find out why they did not widen Covell Road all the way to Santa Fe when they did that big widening project? Since the new YMCA is there, traffic is backed up on Covell and Santa Fe for at least a quarter of a mile. At least. There is not even a right turn lane or a left turn signal on that light. The widening stops right at the westernmost entrance to my housing addition. This is only a short distance to that Covell-Santa Fe intersection. Are there plans to finish this, and wouldn't it have been cheaper to do this all at once? Also, there is a school at the corner of Covell and Kelly Avenue, so at the right time of day, this backup is a real problem for anyone thinking they want to go west.
Here’s your answer, Ken, from Edmond’s city planner in the Engineering Department, Tom Minnick.
“We would have loved to include this intersection with the recent improvements to Covell,” Minnick said, “however, the cost prohibited that from occurring.
“There are three bridges that need to be redesigned to handle the storm water. ... We cannot rebuild one without rebuilding all three at the same time due to them all being on the same Chisholm Creek drainage basin.
“The cost to include three new bridges and lane improvements were more money than we had at the time.
“This will need to be a stand-alone project in the future due to its cost. As a temporary improvement, we have budgeted some money for adding left turn lanes at this intersection in the upcoming budget year.”
That should help, Ken, don’t you think?
There are concerns on the south side of town, as well, such as this one.
Do you have any idea, or can you find out, if Oklahoma City has any plans on resurfacing the road between Interstate 240 and SW 89 on Bryant ... since the tornado last year and all the trucks hauling debris really tore the road up? Moore has fixed their part, but OKC hasn’t done a thing but patch it.
Shannon Cox with the city of Oklahoma City has this for you, Dale:
“The portion of Bryant between SE 89 and SE 104 that was recently reconstructed is a city of Oklahoma City street. Before the tornado, federal aid had been procured to rebuild that street.
“Construction was delayed until after the debris removal was complete.
“As for the section of Bryant between I-240 and SE 89, it is scheduled to be widened with funding from the 2016 bond sale.
“Street crews will continue to provide maintenance with available resources until that time.”
Help is on the way, Dale.
By the way...
As I mentioned above, the vacation season is upon us and it’s time to pay attention as you travel.
There are several road projects under way in the state, in addition to all those in cities and towns. Watch out for work crews and help keep them safe, too.
Enjoy your week, and your holiday, and drive safely.