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Traffic Talk: Is Oklahoma City going to get permissive about left turns?

Don Gammill: “An interesting question,” says Oklahoma City traffic engineer Stuart Chai. “There are new standards for permissive (yielding) left turns at signalized intersections that vary depending on roadway conditions.”
by Don Gammill Published: January 28, 2013

“Not every intersection lends itself to this form of signal control,” Chai says, “which is why it isn't seen everywhere.”

In another area, here's some good news for those traveling this northern route.

NW 150, between May and Portland (State Highway 74), has had a silt fence erected and possibly some utility line relocation recently. Is this two-lane road going to be widened soon?


Those in the know say the answer is a firm “yes,” Mel.

In December, the project was awarded to those who will do the work.

It will involve widening NW 150 to four lanes between May Avenue and Portland Avenue.

Work on the project began Jan. 21.

Officials say crews currently are relocating a water line near the roadway. You can expect traffic lane shifts to begin in the next few weeks as the roadway portion of the project begins.

By the way ...

Here's some more good news.

Crews should keep lanes in both directions open while the work progresses. Expect the work to continue through the end of the summer.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.

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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