Traffic Talk: Highway signs could cause confusion

Don Gammill: You, too, can get answers from city, county and state traffic experts if you just ask
by Don Gammill Published: May 27, 2013
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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.

Tim

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.


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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