It’s definitely a rough road to travel, she says.
Here’s a spot going south that this reader notes is in need of some work. See what the city officials have to say about it.
Can you find out what the city is planning on doing with S Portland between SW 74 and SW 104? This section needs to be re-surfaced. Between SW 89 and SW 104 has big holes in the road and SW 89 between Portland and the highway is a dirt road and blocked off to traffic. I have asked the city and received no reply to my questions. Do you think you can find out?
I’m not sure who you talked to, Sherry, but here’s a quick update for you from George Storm, Oklahoma City’s paving and surface coordinator.
“In a nutshell, Portland is being relocated to the east and will essentially parallel Interstate 44,” he says.
“There should be evidence of this on the ground soon.”
The new roadway should be a better drive than the old one, don’t you think?
By the way...
A reader called recently with a concern/complaint heard frequently around this office and, I’m told, in local law enforcement and traffic safety circles.
“Can’t anyone do anything about those (expletive assuredly deleted)(followed by a second one, plural) who come rip-roaring down the road when obviously there is only one lane of cars up ahead moving, then butt in, causing others to have to hit the brakes or swerve hard to the curb to miss them?
“The drivers in the right shouldn’t have to dodge them. I’d like to just ...”
Well, you can complete the thought, I’m sure. It’s one of those situations that leads directly to road rage.
I’ve seen this situation handled in various ways, from slowing down to allow the offending driver to move into the lane, to expressing dissatisfaction by honking or vocal — and physical — commentary, to the vehicles in the moving lane closing up ranks and not giving the offender an inch.
I actually saw one driver toss something I couldn’t identify out his window at the offender.
This is one of those driving events that can raise the ire of another motorist quickly. But it also can be settled sensibly. Either side can avoid a confrontation.
The prospective offender can signal and wait for an opening, a move which most likely will bring a peaceful resolution. Continue to force your way, even after signaling, can be a negative.
Remember the every-other-one practice, where each side plays nice, with one on the left going, then one on the right, then one on the left ... and so on?
It can be done right and everyone gets along, in more ways than one.
Sensibility, courtesy, patience.
And yes, Dear, I know. Practice what I preach.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.