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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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?

Carmen

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.

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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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