The work — and the need for more answers, apparently — continues on a heavy traffic area in north Oklahoma City.
On Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend, we had a terrific downpour around 6 p.m. I was traveling south on Western between Covell and Danforth. When I arrived at Danforth (192nd), I wanted to turn east but realized due to the construction the road was flooded ... there were a number of cars backed up trying to come west from Santa Fe but (they) could not proceed. In a previous column, you had mentioned they were lowering Danforth road between Western and Santa Fe and we had noticed the road being lowered several feet from the previous elevation. I cannot for the life of me understand the value to lowering that road. It seems to be inviting flooding on a road that previously did not flood. I have lived in the area since 1994 and I just don't understand the rationale for such a move. I hope you can explain and tell me we will not continue to experience flooding in this area as we did this past weekend whenever this construction project is finished. As a side note, during the lowering of the road level at the corner of Western and Danforth, the gap between the road and the fall off seemed to be over three feet and created a potential accident hazard, especially during night time and ice which this past winter we seemed to have more snow and ice than usual. Why there was not a concrete barrier near the turn (on Danforth from Western heading east toward Santa Fe) where a significant accident could happen is beyond me. They did have concrete barriers along a good portion of the road once you were on Danforth but not in the critical turn area.