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Traffic Talk: Crosstown Expressway work still being criticized

Don Gammill: Anytime you have a project of that magnitude such as the Crosstown Expressway in Oklahoma City, there is going to be some inconvenience.
by Don Gammill Published: November 19, 2012
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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.

George

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.

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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