Traffic Talk: Merging from turnpike into heavy traffic causes concern

Don Gammill: Can help at Kilpatrick Turnpike exit onto Memorial Road
by Don Gammill Published: August 20, 2012
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Exiting a turnpike or super highway can be a challenge when it involves entering a heavily traveled roadway. It's often trouble for those already on that roadway as well as when those leaving the turnpike/highway try to jump lanes immediately.

I would like to know when the city, state, or turnpike authority is going to do something about putting up some concrete barriers at the westbound John Kilpatrick Turnpike off-ramp for Pennsylvania Avenue. People are coming off the ramp and are immediately trying to turn right into the (retail shopping) parking area. ... I have nearly had three accidents there traveling west on Memorial Road, and the last one involved a mother with a young child in the rear passenger-side baby seat. If I would not have been able to stop, I would have T-boned the vehicle right by where the child was seated. Something needs to be done like they did at the Northwest 39 Expressway and the Interstate 44 westbound on-ramp.

Harry

Well, Harry, there apparently is nothing such planned at this time, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the city of Oklahoma City tell me.

The location you're talking about, the off-ramp at the Penn-Memorial intersection, is partly under the turnpike agency's jurisdiction and part under the city's control. The roadway at Northwest 39 Expressway and I-44 involves the city and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. That doesn't decide where a barrier is or is not used, however. It's dependent upon several factors.

I have gone through both of those intersections within the past week. Whereas those exiting off the Kilpatrick have a pretty clear view of traffic that is approaching from behind, those turning westbound onto Northwest 39 Expressway from I-44 have some obstruction.

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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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