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


It isn't quite as you think, Ron.

When I contacted Stuart on this, here's what he said:

“Your reader reported a situation where some maintenance was needed. Often times, we receive these where the reporting party presumes that the city has changed signal timing. This is an assumption-based interpretation about what they're seeing.

“Your average citizen's understanding of traffic signal operations (and I have to exclude my wife because she is definitely not your average citizen in this regard) won't appreciate that there are many components in a traffic signal system and that the failure of any one or several will show symptoms via obvious changes to how the signal is operating.

“We always appreciate these reports. If citizens observe signals that seem to be misbehaving, we encourage them to report them by calling the city's Street Traffic Drainage Maintenance Division dispatcher at 680-5808.

“This would fall into the ‘if you see something, say something' category. We appreciate the extra eyes in the field to help us stay on top of maintenance needs as they arise.”

Incidentally, Ron, the eastbound thru and left turn vehicle detector loops were repaired on June 28, according to officials in the department that handles this work.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.

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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