Traffic Talk: Potholes, roads take time to repair

Don Gammill: Often, the length of time it takes to start or complete road repairs just doesn’t please the motoring public. Patience isn’t always there when the needs are.
Oklahoman Published: June 16, 2014
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Sometimes it’s one thing — such as weather, deterioration, or maybe even poor construction — that can cause problems on our roads and highways. But whatever the cause, these areas need to be addressed.

That’s why our road crews always have plenty to do. Often, the length of time it takes to start or complete these repairs just doesn’t please the motoring public. Patience isn’t always there when the needs are.

There may be a good reason for the delay, or there may not. It doesn’t hurt to ask. We ALL might learn something.

Mr. Gammill, Can you please find out if there are any plans to at least repair Pennsylvania from 134th Street south to 140th and beyond? There have been pot holes and broken asphalt for several months. Reporting the pot holes has had no results to date. There is a new junior high school under construction just south of 140th Street that will be increasing traffic. With this in mind, we need (a) safe, not a deteriorating street. Also, Pennsylvania from 134th Street to 149th Street is two lane. Are there any plans to widen this section?

Bernie and Peggy

Thanks for the questions, B&P. Here are your answers, from Shannon Cox at the Public Works Department:

“The potholes have been reported and crews are scheduled to repair the area of Pennsylvania from SW 134 to SW 140.

“In regard to widening a roadway, those projects are funded by bond funds and that area was not on the last bond issue.

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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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