In a city the size of Oklahoma City, there are hundreds to thousands of miles of roadway to be maintained.
The job is not always an easy one, of course, and sometimes things are much more involved than they might seem.
“(A)t W Reno and Cooley, there is a merge deal that cuts the flow down to one lane, going east only. It is a small inconvenience, comparably speaking. However, it has been there for it seems like months and the worst part is no one can figure out why it is there.”
The reader goes on to note a problem further west, “... right off the right of way, an area that was washed away and could be dangerous to the whole roadway if it does not get fixed. Again, that has been that way for months.”
Your answer, Scott, is from Stuart Chai, Oklahoma City traffic engineer. He says:
“On W Reno Avenue between Council and Morgan, there are five locations (some in and some outside) the pavement limits that the Oklahoma City Street Traffic Drainage Maintenance Division has had to barricade.
“Some are for sink holes found in the roadway and others for wash-out areas beside the roadway.
“Until repaired, these have to be barricaded and closed for the safety of the public. This just happens to be one of them.”
By the way ...
There's a change coming relating to Oklahoma's law on insurance verification.
If you missed it earlier, Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak issued a bulletin to property and casualty insurers confirming that Oklahoma law allows them to issue security verification forms in electronic format as well as in paper format.
He noted that the number of insurance companies offering electronic verification forms is increasing, “and we have to adapt to the times. Oklahoma law doesn't specify which format the security verification form must take, therefore an electronic version is perfectly acceptable.”
Doak's bulletin was issued by the state Insurance Department after a discussion with the state Public Safety Department.
Insurance Department officials said “nothing in the Oklahoma Insurance Code prohibits a law enforcement officer from recognizing an electronic version of a security verification form that has been approved by the (Insurance Department).”
It is law that you must carry proof of liability coverage each time you are behind the wheel.
You should also know that in the new law on uninsured motorists, law enforcement officers are allowed to remove the license tags from uninsured vehicles. Temporary liability insurance is provided for the vehicle until private coverage is obtained.
Implementation of the law will begin Jan. 1. If you don't have insurance, get it.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.