Last month, I had an opportunity to get an up-close look at the work on North May Avenue. The “opportunity” was created by the volume of traffic on May. We were down to a near crawl for about two miles in the work zone. But it was obvious better times are ahead.
I was most disappointed to see the recent asphalt overlay applied to North May Avenue. It was my understanding that North May was to be widened with a center turn lane from NW 23 to Britton Road. Also, concrete was to be used instead of asphalt. Apparently I heard wrong. North May’s traffic is a mess and desperately needs a center turn lane. Is this in any future plans?
Someone may have given you some bad information, Dan.
“Unfortunately, there is not a plan to widen May Avenue to five lanes (center turn) at this time,” says Shannon Cox with the City of Oklahoma City. “Right-of-way restrictions (commercial/business areas/parking) and numerous utilities make this type of project very difficult, and in some cases impractical.
“However,” she adds, “the City of Oklahoma City is committed to improving road conditions as the quality of city streets has been the citizens’ top priority for several years. Numerous resurfacing projects are underway to improve road conditions across the city.
“Prior to resurfacing, this portion of May Avenue had an average pavement condition index (PCI) of 30, which is poor. The PCI scales on a range of 0 to 100, with 100 representing a new road.
“May Avenue from NW 23 to NW 36 was resurfaced in 2010. The resurfacing from NW 36 north to Britton Road was finished earlier this month with a partnership project between the city and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). This four-mile project received 80 percent federal funds toward construction (approximately $3.9M) with the city’s 20 percent share of $800,000.
“Now that these projects are complete, the PCI has significantly improved and many years of excellent service can be expected from this section of May Avenue.
“In response to the construction of concrete streets, the city is constructing both asphalt and concrete streets in many areas. On new projects, asphalt and concrete are bid together with the best value selected at the time of bidding. However, existing asphalt streets must be resurfaced with asphalt due to compatibility of materials, and the resurfacing with concrete is not an option available at this time.”
By the way ...
Families with new drivers may find a new report/study on teen drivers far less than complimentary to Oklahoma.
WalletHub, described as a “personal finance social media network,” has produced various writings about safety in cities and states in our country. This one, “Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers,” is touted as one that considers various factors in determining how safe teens are on the roads in the 50 states.
Overall, WalletHub ranks Oklahoma 47th in the nation. With 1 considered best and 50 lowest, the numbers for Oklahoma from WalletHub include: 46th in teen drivers as a percent of total drivers; 43rd in percent of teen population with a driver’s license; 32nd in teen driver fatalities per licensed teen driver; and 25th in number of teen “under the influence” traffic violations per licensed teen driver.
It also says Oklahoma is 38th in distracted driving/texting while driving laws; 37th in quality of roads; 12th in impaired driving laws; 18th in insurance premium increases after adding a teen driver to auto insurance; and 13th in the average cost of car repairs.
If you want to read more, go to http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-teen-drivers/4598/ and see what you think.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.