Traffic Talk: Paving material problems slowed work on 'Route 66'

Don Gammill: Paving work on State Highway 66 from Arcadia to Interstate 35 work is expected to be resume and be completed soon, said Cole Hackett, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Transportation Department.
by Don Gammill Published: April 21, 2014

Among the popular television shows many years ago was one centering on one of the most famous highways in American history and one important in our state.

“Route 66,” featured the exploits of two men who traveled the Mother Road. They always seemed to find excitement — and challenges — while driving on the famed blacktop in their Chevrolet Corvette. It was shot entirely on the road and ran between October 1960 and March 1964. I remember the driving scenes as Martin Milner and George Maharis (later, Glenn Corbett) cruised the route, with some of the scenery much like you still see today in the countryside.

A recent family trip took us on part of that route, and this reader’s questions involves a portion of it.

Don: Maybe you can get the answers I've not been able to ... (A few) weeks back, ODOT began closing lanes and resurfacing Route 66 from Arcadia into Edmond. As a result, the speed limit for the entire stretch has been lowered to 45. No problem with that. But I do have a problem with the fact that crews literally are only working one or two work days per week. ... At the rate they’re going, it will be summer before it’s done. I drive that road several times a day and since the work has started, I have only seen crews working TWICE. Equipment sits to the side of the road for days at a time — never moving. Any help understanding why ODOT has crews that don’t work five days a week to finish a job would be appreciated. It makes no sense to me that you’d divide your time on projects so that all of them take forever to finish.

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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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