Traffic Talk: Bridge work may not be visible to motorists

Don Gammill: The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has an ongoing bridge rehabilitation project on State Highway 152/Airport Road between Meridian Avenue and MacArthur that affects workers entering and leaving the Hobby Lobby headquarters.
by Don Gammill Published: October 7, 2013
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Here's one of those areas where things are in motion as it is being discussed.

No sooner had the writer sent this, when state and city officials let us know that project was moving. In fact, a good part of it was to have been done this past weekend.

I work at the Hobby Lobby corporate headquarters. I have been working here since early February, and every day I drive over a bridge (I think it goes over some railroad tracks) that have been under construction since my very first day. Or at least that is what they tell us. The thing is that 19 out of 20 days there is nothing happening on this bridge; no workers, no cones, nothing. However it seems that once a week, usually Monday morning when everyone who works for Hobby Lobby has to travel over this bridge to go to work it is closed down to one lane for little or no apparent reason. Then again on the opposite side of traffic in the evening when everyone has to go back over it to go home. Could you please tell us what is going on and how long we can look for this to be going on? Also, why doesn't the Department of Transportation put up a sign to tell us what they are doing and when so that we can plan alternate routes in advance? Thanks so much.

Matt

Shortly after Matt's note made it to me, we got an update from Cole Hackett at the Transportation Department.

“Currently, ODOT has a bridge rehabilitation project on State Highway 152/Airport Road between Meridian Avenue and MacArthur,” he said. “Work started on the $670,000 project in February and is taking the contractor longer than first expected, but the project is estimated to complete by the end of October, weather permitting.

“Currently, most of the work is under the bridge. Crews have been performing work under the bridge during the week and are not visible to traffic at all times. All work on SH 152 is being done from Friday night to Monday afternoon.


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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