Traffic Talk: A new year brings new attention to road work

by Don Gammill Modified: January 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: January 6, 2014

Time to clean up the garage, so to speak, as we head into the new year. So here are some items that are being handled or passed along during a little organization for 2014:

I see lights out in several places along streets and highways in the Oklahoma City area. Actually, I'm surprised by the number of those not working. Isn't anyone on top of that? It sure makes for some dark driving on a cloudy winter night.

— James

There are those, James, who have a responsibility to watch for such situations.

“When an interstate or highway is built through a city and the roadway involves lighting, whether it be for streetlights, overhead sign lights or traffic signals, maintenance responsibilities fall to the city in which the lights are located,” said Larry Clore of the state Transportation Department.

“If the lights are in a rural area, the responsibility falls to the county. For this particular case, the Oklahoma City Action Center can be reached at 297-2535.”

If the area of concern is in a surrounding city, call the city offices to report it.

SB Broadway Extension traffic lanes are shifted left (east) starting approximately 300-700 feet south of Interstate 44. There are two problems in this area of SB pavement: The old lane separation paint is NOT completely removed where the lanes are shifted to the east. The new lane edge boundaries and lane separation striping is VERY difficult to see at night and this condition becomes even more difficult when pavement is wet ... Can these pavement marking issues be improved to avoid causing crashes?


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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