The Norman Transcript


August 25, 2013

Too late for Boren to take reins of Lindsey Street project



My answers: A median may be a nice thing but will cost $300,000 or more to build, stock with trees and bushes, and keep up. However, the money isn’t in the original bond price. Will OU pay for that and the upkeep?

Roundabouts were never in the plan. They would require a major, not minor, change in the engineering design, which violates the ballot language by skewing the meaning of “other improvements,” a phrase clearly not intended to alter a future project. The phrase is meant for changes of a minor nature in construction contracts, not a major redesign that would take property, cost $5 million more and expose drivers to a potential high-collision system. If roundabouts were the answer, we’d see them all over this country. They function fairly well in light traffic intersections, but Lindsey is one of the busiest roads in the entire Oklahoma City metro area. Note: Shawn O’Leary, Director of Public Works, said the Lindsey traffic flow is already too large for roundabouts.

Extending the timing on the entire project will bring about problems no one has anticipated or examined because construction on this scale needs to be completed in a timely, coordinated manner. Changing the schedule is foolhardy, expensive and perhaps disastrous to some merchants who depend on access to Lindsey.

Ethical questions have also come to mind. Why did OU wait until the voting was over and the first design completed? They weren’t there at that first public meeting, while the second, at Legends Times Two, was limited to three individuals only who asked questions. Then the meeting was adjourned. The city chambers are generally the site for a public meeting.

Why wasn’t it held there? And why wasn’t more time given for public questions at Legends Times Two?

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Quite the resilient bunch

    The people of Moore are a resilient bunch. They’ve bounced back from tornadoes before, but the current renaissance may be the quickest yet. FEMA officials said it would take two years to see some sense of normalcy. That’s hardly the case....

    July 24, 2014

  • A fresh start for VA

    All of us have high hopes for the confirmation and success of Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald. If confirmed — and most believe he’s a shoe-in — McDonald will take over a paralyzed system of health care that is not ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Call up National Guard

    We’re not sure it will help, but you have to hand it to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He deployed up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help secure his state’s border with Mexico this week....

    July 23, 2014

  • It’s only getting worse

    Conditions for children in Oklahoma were starting to look up for a few years, according to the annual Kids Count reports. Now we know it wasn’t getting better. The recession was impacting the rest of the country, dropping their scores....

    July 23, 2014

  • Noting a life well lived

    James Garner never intended to be a movie and television star. He just kind of lucked into it, he would tell those who asked. If you have the itch to act, get a good-paying job and spend your free time at your local community theater, he ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Recount that really matters

    Americans have been hearing a lot about Congressional elections, but there’s another one halfway around the globe that will matter far more....

    July 22, 2014

  • Runoffs get no respect

    The Aug. 26 Republican runoff election for the Cleveland County District 3 commissioner post is one of only 18 races on ballots around the state. Only two races are statewide — the Democrat contests for U.S. Senator nominee and state ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Change some lines

    Editor, The Transcript: Looking at how our elected Republican friends are reacting to the refugee children crossing the border and now being housed in Lawton, I have a suggestion. Let’s edit the Christian Bible in several places to reflect ...

    July 21, 2014

  • New health care system demonized

    To the Editor: In October 2013, soon after we were asked to take over management responsibilities at our family business, we were visited by the company’s health insurance agent. She explained that a decision needed to be made regarding ...

    July 21, 2014

  • Norman Forward builds momentum

    The quiet campaign to build momentum for a citywide public works project is beginning to attract some attention....

    July 20, 2014