Traffic Talk: Solid lines painted on roads have a purpose

Don Gammill: Passing may be hazardous when the solid white line is present on a road.
by Don Gammill Published: April 1, 2013
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When is the bridgework on I-44 southbound at I-40 going to be finished? And why was this project and the similar one on the northbound lanes not publicized? I cannot find anything online — ODOT, news outlets, etc. — nor is there a date posted on the electronic signs. It was not fun to run into a traffic jam on the way to work Monday morning, when I could have taken a different route had I known.

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Here's your answer, from Cole Hackett at the state Transportation Department:

“The I-44 project near the I-40 junction has been ongoing for a little over a month, with weekly closures alternating between east- and westbound I-44. This project is repairing the I-44 bridge over Reno Avenue near the I-40 interchange. Before the I-44 closures started, a large traffic advisory was sent out outlining the project and warning drivers of the upcoming closures. We have also sent updated information about closures on each of our daily traffic advisories, which are also posted on ODOT's website as well as on Twitter.

“Our traffic advisories are posted daily at www.okladot.state.ok.us/newsmedia/traffic-advisory.htm and ODOT can be followed on Twitter at @OKDOT.”

By the way ...

Hackett added that “the weekly lane closures, alternating between east- and westbound I-44, typically begin on Sunday evenings and complete by midweek.”

The narrowing of westbound I-44, “as part of the project (last) week, completed early and all lanes of east- and westbound I-44” were to remain open through the weekend.

“Overall, the project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by mid-April, with lane closures resuming on eastbound I-44 on Monday. Because of high traffic volumes, congestion is expected and drivers are urged to find an alternate route if possible when these closures occur.”

So there you have it.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.


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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