Happy Memorial Day! Here's hoping it will be a safe one for you.
Here's also hoping it will not be a holiday with more stormy weather.
Before you get started, here are a reader's concerns from recent times that hits several locations:
The overhead sign on Interstate 40 West near Penn needs to be moved two lanes to the left! The Amarillo arrows point to lanes that become exit only to Tulsa. ...
At exit from Santa Fe Garage, I-35 South sign now leads to nowhere. Once there was an I-35 sign with the I-40 sign south on E.K. Gaylord/Shields, but that was removed and not replaced. The “South” could be removed from the Santa Fe garage sign and an I-35 sign added to the I-40 East signs. Or, the garage exit sign could be replaced with an I-40 sign.
Reno approaching Western from both directions has signs for I-40 West. The “West” needs to be removed. Same problem on Sheridan. Reno and Sheridan approaching E.K. Gaylord need I-40 signs or I-40 and I-235 such as the one on Main Street.
Scott Street entrance to I-40 also says I-35 North. The “North” needs to be removed.
I'm seeing much last minute lane changing on I-40 West at the Tulsa exit. Drivers following the erroneous Amarillo sign find out at the last minute it is a Tulsa exit lane only. Drivers seeking the Tulsa exit avoid the proper mismarked lanes and instead get in the right lanes that end. I wouldn't think it would take any new materials to move this sign two lanes to the left.
First, let me say that it should be obvious to other readers — and motorists — that Tim makes notes and stays on top of areas where he believes there is a problem or a potential for one.
Now, here's the response to his questions and observations.
Cole Hackett at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says:
“I spoke with our construction engineer for the area about (Tim's) concerns about I-40 signs.
“Originally, new I-40 signs were ordered and delivered to the proper locations so they could be placed on the interstate. Unfortunately, installation of the signs was delayed when they received damage during construction earlier in the month and replacements had to be ordered. ... All of these new signs have been installed.
“As for the signs inside the city, all signs requested by the city directing motorists to the new I-40 have been installed. We have also worked with the Oklahoma City Public Works Department to remove or reuse some of the previous I-40 signs on additional city streets.
“The city requested that ODOT not place some of the signs that (Tim) is requesting, such as at the Santa Fe parking garage, since the interstate is further away now.
“ODOT Crews placed new signs in an area roughly two blocks from the new interstate and mainly near major intersections. However, the city is responsible for placing any additional interstate signs further than two city blocks from the interstate.”
We're getting there.
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Enjoy your holiday and drive safely.