Traffic talk: Funds aren't available for troubled Okahoma City intersection

Funding for Oklahoma City project needed to make repairs on roadway
by Don Gammill Modified: August 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014
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No one denies this location needs work. The problem, as often is the case, is the need for money to do the job.

I have lived near Sara Road and NW 164 for 10 years. In the ... years I have lived here and paid my taxes, nothing has been done with Sara Road from Northwest Expressway to 164th other than occasionally filling the basketball-size-or-larger holes with gravel rock, which is gone in a matter of days. As your article states, these things take time. But 10 years is ridiculous. Perhaps you also could inquire as to why this road is in such terrible shape and no resurfacing has been done in over a decade. Those of us that need to use Sara Road to commute to and from work pay our taxes like everyone else. Sales tax revenues are reported to be on the rise for quite some time. Aren’t those sales tax dollars we pay supposed to repair these roads? I would love to see the Ward 1 councilman have to commute over this road like we do. Any light you could shine on this appalling road condition would be appreciated. Tracy

The inquiry brought this response from Shannon Cox at the City of Oklahoma City:

“We are aware of the poor condition of the road, and the city's Public Works Department and street maintenance crews are committed to keeping the road in the best condition possible with available resources,” she said.

“Unfortunately, road replacement projects require significant funding, and the city relies on bond issues to complete this type of work.

“This section of Sara Road was not included in the last bond issue, but is one that will be considered in the next which is currently anticipated in 2017.”

Shannon also has a suggestion for you and others:

“To assist in reporting roadway concerns, citizen assistance is requested in contacting the city’s Pothole Hotline. The city is also committed to improving roads, and continued patience is appreciated as work is being completed all across the city.”

From the city’s website:

“Citizens are asked to help crews out by reporting potholes to the City’s pothole hotline, 631-1111 or *OKC for those using a mobile device. Potholes can also be emailed to the Action Center at action.center@okc.gov.

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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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