It takes a lot of eyes to see all the areas that need attention in a metro area the size of Oklahoma City.
It may not be the largest city in the nation, but it has thousands of miles of streets and roadway that eventually do need attention.
Here are some of the observations shared by readers recently and sent on down the road to the people who can handle these situations:
Recently, I was called upon during a family emergency to make a trip to St. Anthony Hospital late at night. I had not been down 10th Street in many years and, before I was aware of what was happening, I was running out of street.
Fortunately, I have good tires and it was not a night when the street was slick and I was not speeding or I would have been right in the middle of the traffic circle. A couple of reflectors on the nearly nonexistent curb where each street feeds into the circle would give people who are unfamiliar with this area a little warning that this street does not go straight through.
The suggestion has been passed along, Judith.
The intersection of NE 13 and Lincoln Boulevard has lost the two left-turn lane markings and has almost caused others to rub my vehicle as there are two lanes of traffic allowed to make left turns.
I also noticed numerous other intersections throughout this general area as having lost those markings as well.
City officials tell me they have not made any changes here to alter how the lanes are used.
Could it be that the pavement markings have faded and need a touch-up? The message has been forwarded.
My husband and I felt that we at least had to try to get something done about a very dangerous traffic situation.
The Interstate 35 southbound exit ramp to State Highway 9 westbound has a red light, as well as a right turn lane with a continuous green arrow.
The right turn lane does not have a barrier, so people make that right turn and immediately cross over to left lane to enter at Riverwind.
Essentially, people make the right turn and cut in front of westbound Highway 9 traffic that has the right of way when the light is green.
Every time we are in the area, we watch as westbound Highway 9 traffic that has the right of way has to battle the people making the right turn from the exit to avoid having an accident.
The people making the right turn on the continuous green arrow do not even seem to be aware that they are pulling in front of traffic that has the right of way.
Officials at the state Transportation Department say the continuous green arrow was set up that way in November 2007 to help alleviate the problem of traffic backing up on the exit ramp and onto I-35. They say the continuous green arrow is successful in keeping traffic off the ramp and off southbound I-35, reducing the delay to motorists.
In fact, they note that accidents on the ramp also have decreased since November 2007. We all know that it's never a safe situation when traffic is stopped on an interstate.
Initially, the transportation department was responsible for the design and construction of this intersection, including the traffic signals. Once it was installed, however, the maintenance and operation of the traffic signal becomes the responsibility of the city of Newcastle. The transportation department officials believe that, considering all aspects at this intersection, the continuous green arrow is the safest option.
By the way ...
City, county and state staffs really do appreciate hearing about areas that need improvement, or ideas that can make travel on their streets and highways safer and better.
As stated previously, there are thousands of miles of pavement that from time to time need repair. And there just might be an idea out there that really could make a difference for all of us.
Keep 'em coming.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.