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Traffic Talk: Roads, lanes get closed for safety reasons

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BY DON GAMMILL Modified: December 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm •  Published: December 16, 2013

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.

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