Merry Christmas, all! Best wishes to you and yours this joyous holiday.
It's that special time of giving and receiving, as well as fulfilling Christmas wishes. Sometimes that's an easy road to travel. Other times, there are detours, bumps and a variety of obstacles.
Here are some of the transportation-related requests and wishes readers have submitted this year:
I wish (Oklahoma City) crews would be prohibited from working on multiple projects at the same time that block off more than two streets in a square mile. — Carrie
Multiple construction areas sometimes are necessary, Carrie, especially when they are related. But those occurring in heavily traveled areas compound the problem. Prohibit them? Unlikely.
Dear Santa: Could you please send my husband some patience? He has the worst luck in catching a red light at every intersection, then gripes the whole time he's waiting for it to change. I think he would live longer if he would just learn to wait. — Karen
Dear Karen: I think I have just what your husband needs. It's a new CD featuring famous love songs. Each is slow and soothing. If that doesn't work, he can use the coupon I'm tossing in for the anger management class.
All I want for Christmas is for the work on the Kilpatrick Turnpike to be finished. It's dangerous trying to navigate through those poorly marked areas. That high bridge heading onto the Hefner Parkway from the turnpike needs to be finished soon. — Jim
It won't be done in time for Christmas, Jim, but the work is progressing and it won't be much longer, weather permitting. As for the “poorly marked areas,” there are a few spots that could use some brighter lines, for sure. But overall, if you maintain proper speed, you can negotiate the trip safely.
If Santa Claus had to deliver gifts using Oklahoma's highways, he'd never get his job done. There are too many roads with slow speed limits and too many construction zones. You can't drive a consistent high speed anywhere. It's a good thing Santa uses a sleigh. — Terry
Note to Terry from Santa: “I've always preferred air travel, but not because of the conditions or slow speeds on Oklahoma roads, Terry. It's because the traffic is not as heavy and I don't have to deal with those who drive too fast.”
I'd like one special gift for Christmas, please. Can you teach everyone how to follow the law when it comes to yielding? I've never seen so many rude drivers, and dangerous. — Fred
I can only continue to write items about when you should yield and when you have to yield, Fred. It's like taking a horse to water, but not being able to make him drink. We can only hope the lesson will be learned.
And what would a Christmas wish list be without this annual gem?
Mary still wants a law that allows left turns on red, like right turn on red.
Santa still has the same response. Sorry, but no.
By the way ...
Have a great Christmas, but please don't turn left on red.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.