Traffic Talk: 'Bridges to nowhere' actually start of something big

Don Gammill: Progress continues on projects throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
by Don Gammill Modified: July 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm •  Published: July 8, 2013
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Progress continues on projects throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Some are clearly labeled, others are just beginning to take shape.

And some actually have been there a while, but perhaps not so widely known. Such as here.

Have you ever done a story or know anything about what appears to be bridges to nowhere (or the start of bridges) which are by Interstate 40 near the Bass Pro Shops downtown? … (T)hey appear to be newer and were never used. I remember when they were being built just a few years ago. … Those two bridges, or the start of bridges, are clear to see from Reno and Lincoln (west intersection). The one that is completed almost looks like road, if it went straight would go right through the Devon Boathouse.

Owen

Not until now, Owen. But since you asked.

Stuart Chai, traffic engineer with the Oklahoma City Public Works Department's Traffic Management Division, has your answer. He also provides a view of the area from Google Earth that gives those less familiar with the area you refer to, Owen, a clearer picture.

Says Stuart: “What your reader is seeing is a future connection to Lincoln Boulevard from the future Oklahoma City Boulevard. Check out the Google Earth aerial view (see above).”

A special thanks to Stuart for giving readers the update and the visual.

By the way …

Here's another area in question.

The traffic signal at SW 134 and S May Avenue is not-quite-normal. Every morning about 6:20 a.m., I approach the intersection from the south on May to turn left. Normally, the trip wires for the northbound and/or left turn lane approaches will prompt the east/west signals to turn amber/red, once traffic on SW 134 clears. Since May 20, the east/west lights stay green regardless of the traffic on SW 134. They seem to be on a timer if tripped. Also, the eastbound lane always has a green left turn arrow, even if there is no car in that lane. That forces all the westbound SW 134 traffic (headed to I-44) to wait at a red light for the eastbound left turn signal to time out. All around, traffic is waiting at red lights this early in the morning for “little or no traffic.” Not quite saving gasoline! I just wish the cycles were restored to pre-20 May conditions.

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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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