Apparently, not everyone thought the way the city of Oklahoma City and traffic crews handled the rerouting at the time of the Interstate 40 Crosstown Expressway bridge was fair. But I think if you consider all they had to do on that massive project, you might be more understanding.
I almost didn't send this to you, but after thinking some more about it, I think I just want to speak up. It seems that once again those of us living south of the main part of Oklahoma City got the short end when the construction people were tearing down the old Interstate 40 going through downtown. Everybody on the north side of the work had free passage. Those of us on the south side lost several days or even weeks of using the north-south roads while that Crosstown bridge was being taken down. Do they just think we are not as important? We pay taxes too. What's the deal?
I heard some grumbling about difficulties in getting around downtown, Carmen, but the complaints you make have a bit more specific direction.
In all honesty, I thought those involved in that project tried hard to make things as easy on everyone as they could. Anytime you have a project of that magnitude, there is going to be some inconvenience. But I didn't see during the many times I was in that area where people from one area or the other suffered any more than the other.
Sure, there were route changes. There had to be. But crews worked as quickly as they could to keep the number of changes and the time length on them at a minimum. If anything, I would say they should be praised for their efforts.
As for “free passage” for those north of the work area, it was more of a matter of the lay of the land. The plan was to do the work with as little disruption as possible for everyone.
Hopefully, the new roadways will be worth the inconveniences, for you and others who will use them.
By the way ...
A recent update on street work in Edmond answered some questions but prompted more. Such as:
(I)t was good news to hear we are still a very progressive city in that regard. Do you have any information on what looks like the city is getting ready to widen Kelly from Prairie Village Drive to Coffee Creek? I have noticed that the power lines and gas lines have been set back to make room for such an improvement. I also noted that a few weeks ago they were taking soil samples in the area where the creek goes under Kelly.
Once again, we turn to Tom Minnick, Edmond's traffic planner, for the answer.
“The Kelly widening, Covell to Coffee Creek is currently in the utility relocation phase,” he says. “All utilities should be out of the way of future construction by Dec 31st.
“The construction bid letting is scheduled for January 2013 through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. We anticipate construction to begin in February/March 2013.
“The project will requiring closing Kelly to reconstruct the Bridge just south of Coffee Creek. The roadway will be a four-lane divided road with left turn lanes at all public streets, median lighting and landscaping, new signal light at Kelly and Prairie Village to access the new future road into Mitch Park/Cheyenne Middle School/Mathis Skate Park.”
So there you go, George.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.