State Highway 9 on the south side of Norman is a heavily traveled route on game day for the University of Oklahoma.
But it gets a pretty fair share of traffic most any day. So it's only natural that at some point, it should become bigger and better, right?
Do you know or can someone tell you what is planned for State Highway 9 E? From the junction of 24 Street SE and on east for several miles — 4 or 5 at least — all the utility poles and the underground pipes and lines are being moved back away from SH 9 by 20 feet or so on both sides. This is where the road goes from 4 lane to 2 lane there by the Marriott and the Postal Training Center. My uneducated guess is that they are going to widen SH 9 but who knows?
Here's the answer, Ellie, from Larry Clore, at the state Transportation Department:
“Don, the overall plan is to four-lane SH 9 from Norman to Tecumseh. Of course, this being done in parts, beginning at each end and meeting in the middle. We estimate work beginning in Norman Spring 2014 and right of way and utilities planned for Tecumseh's end in 2015.
“The total completion of this project stretches out beyond our current 8-year plan, but construction is beginning soon.
“The corridor is about 30 miles, so the project is significantly large, with lots of right of way and utility work along the way.
“Hard to say if any portions will be moved up or possibly delayed due to the magnitude.”
By the way ...
A “new” reader asks what is a Texas turnaround, as referenced recently in a Traffic Talk column?
In simplest terms, Texas turnarounds are U-turn lanes placed right before intersections that give drivers easier access to the other opposing one-way road — and more secondary access roads.
A Texas turnaround permits motorists to reverse their direction of travel without having to face a traffic light.
An example: at Britton Road on the Broadway Extension, where drivers (whether northbound or southbound) can exit on their side, stay to the left, and U-turn back the opposite direction.
Thus far, they seem to be working quite well.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.