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?
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.
As for when that lighting should be finished, “Hopefully by the end of the month,” Damrill said.
Your second question requires we go another direction, obviously.
You ask, “who pays for the electricity that is used to power streetlights throughout the metro?”
Simply put, you do.
Stuart Chai, traffic engineer for the city, responds: “In Oklahoma City, most street lighting is paid for by the city. Since the city relies on tax revenues to fund its operations, it is ultimately the taxpayer that foots the bill.”
By the way...
It's September. We're just now into fall. But it won't be long until we reach the cold of winter.
Auto experts will tell you it's not too soon to be making your plans for having your vehicle serviced for winter.
Check your owner's manual, or ask your mechanic for what needs to be done and when. It just might surprise you. But better now than later.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.