Travel most any direction in the metro area and you'll find some sort of maintenance or construction project.
It's a never-ending job. There's always something to do or something being done, as in most any city of any size.
At times, however, a project is halted for one reason or another.
I am writing to find out about the construction at the Memorial and MacArthur northbound. Last time you updated this, the project was on schedule. It just seems nothing is moving on this project. To make matters worse, the intersection on Memorial and northbound Rockwell is closed for widening I believe, meaning you must go to Council to go north to avoid construction. This is a major obstacle for people trying to go north from Memorial. It would seem we should finish one project before shutting down these two northbound arteries.
Shannon Cox, public information and marketing manager for Oklahoma City's Public Works Department, has your answer, Jae.
She says: “The intersection of Memorial and MacArthur is set to have the final layer of asphalt placed Friday, weather permitting, and (that) would complete the project.
“The widening at Memorial and Rockwell was originally held up due to utility relocations and caused the start date to be delayed. At this time, the two projects will overlap for a few weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience to traffic.”
By the way ...
Here's a reminder to slow down in school zones, and a report from one driver about a zone he has a problem with.
Now that the school zone season has returned, there is one that has bothered me for several years. Drive south on N Villa to NW 50. A school zone is marked by signs (it is a residential street so 25 mph is the norm anyway). As you reach the four-way stop at 50th, you can see the “End School Zone” sign just ahead on Villa ... Now the problem: Turning west on 50th there is not a clue that you may still be in active school zone. There is a blinking signal (for eastbound drivers) more than a block away. If the trees were trimmed and you are very observant, you might notice the yellow blinking light on the back side of the sign. In addition to the trees, the power pole for the light partially blocks the light. Driving west on 50th approaching Villa ... is a little better. But once you pass Villa, the end of the zone is too far away for short memories and drivers talking on cellphones.
The sight problems have been passed along, Paul. Those not paying full attention are another concern.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.