Traffic Talk: Kilpatrick Turnpike drivers will see the lights

Don Gammill: Lighting work nearly finished in Oklahoma City on the Kilpatrick Turnpike's north side.
by Don Gammill Published: September 23, 2013
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If you've driven the revamped northern portion of the Kilpatrick Turnpike at night or early in the morning, you've probably noticed the abundance of new lighting.

Some are working, but some are not just yet. There's a reason.

Now that most of the lane-widening project on the Kilpatrick Turnpike is completed, I was wondering when the new streetlights down the ... median would be activated? Most of them coming from the west at MacArthur to about May seem to be lit but very few east of May are lit. On a side note, who pays for the electricity that is used to power streetlights throughout the metro?

John

A good portion of the route has been taken care of as you said, John, and it sure looks good on that stretch of the turnpike.

In regards to the rest of the route, Jack Damrill, public information officer for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, said crews are still working on getting power to all the transformers that they will use.

With those lights and illumination coming from businesses along Memorial Road on either side of the turnpike, there should be better conditions for drivers, including in fog, such as was prevalent last winter and early in the spring.

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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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