NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
Who runs the city of Norman?
From the Aug. 21 edition of The Transcript, it looks as if David Boren has put himself in the position of decision maker for the city. He has come up with the grand idea of a “boulevard” on Lindsey Street to make the street more aesthetically pleasing to residents and visitors to Norman.
Unfortunately, Lindsey Street is a major arterial street for south Norman, especially during the college school year and more especially during home football games.
Right now, Lindsey Street from Classen to Interstate 35 is a bottleneck. Any discussion about Lindsey Street needs to include the entire section I named, not just the section between I-35 and Berry Road, the proposed “boulevard.”
I was on the original survey crew that made the survey in 1968 for possible improvements to Lindsey Street from I-35 to Classen. Here we are 45 years later, and nothing has been done to correct the problem.
David Boren would mess with a portion of the project but apparently leave his area through the OU campus untouched.
There is no easy cheap solution to the Lindsey Street problem. What is needed is a minimum six-lane road through the entire area I am discussing. Well, people’s toes are going to be trod on to really fix the problem.
Eminent domain will probably need to be invoked to get the right of way needed for the project to be accomplished. And, David Boren, this includes the portion running through OU.
If the problem of Lindsey Street is to be solved, it better err on the side of efficiency, not aesthetics. And with the amount of money we are talking about to do this project right, the city of Norman, Cleveland County, state of Oklahoma and the United States government, through its highway funding mechanisms, will need to be involved.
If our city council and mayor cannot, or will not, or are incapable of answering this situation, then it hardly falls to David Boren to put his oar in the fiscal waters of the city of Norman. Stick to the number of merit scholars per capita at OU and leave Lindsey Street to the civil engineers to solve.
Kenneth W. Say