Happy Labor Day everyone. Here’s hoping you’re enjoying it and those who have the day off are doing so safely.
To all in our country who labor, this one’s for you.
Now, if you’re on the road this long holiday weekend, remember that you’re under the watchful eye of law enforcement officers throughout Oklahoma as well as other states as they participate in a nationwide program to get impaired drivers off the roadways. Don’t be surprised if you see a checkpoint — or two, or three.
The emphasis is on making travel safer for all of us by stopping those who drive when they are impaired. Many of those officers you see on the roads — and lakes — are giving up a day off so you can enjoy yours.
In other areas ...
Here are a couple of questions from readers about locations where they have concerns.
Here’s a question from C.L. about the construction at Western Avenue and Danforth.
Don, have you heard anything on why construction on Danforth and Western in all directions has stopped? It seems as though there has been no activity there for weeks. A person almost needs a 4WD vehicle to enter and exit the Sonic on Western, just south of the intersection. In addition to the traffic problems, Sonic’s business has to be really down because of this.
Here’s your answer to the first part, C.L.
Shannon Cox, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Public Works Department, says city crews have begun paving the Pennsylvania Avenue intersection “and will continue toward the east. It will take about one month to get all the concrete poured. The Sonic drive will be fixed when the street is paved.”
As for the Sonic business situation, you have to figure it has had an impact. But things will get better when that drive is fixed, I’ll bet.
Shannon also gets this one, from Thomas.
What plans are there to extend NE 122 Street between Kelly and Eastern?
“Unfortunately, the city doesn’t have work planned on this stretch of road at this time,” Shannon says. “Projects like this normally require funding to be provided by bond issues.
“The most recent bond issue was in 2007 and provided approximately $500 million of road construction, which is underway throughout the city. As work is proceeding on these projects, the next bond issue is already being planned and is anticipated in 2017.”
It’s an ongoing job.
By the way ...
For those who might have missed it, the archway over the Will Rogers Turnpike near Vinita has a new name. The former Vinita Service Plaza, known as “the Glass House” by many, is now the Will Rogers Archway.
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority officials announced that those responding to a survey their agency conducted with staff of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation overwhelmingly chose that name for the structure.
That tourism plaza is undergoing a major renovation and will have enhanced features when completed, including the history of Will Rogers and his influence on the state.
It should be a real sight to see when you’re traveling that way.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.