The Norman Transcript

Opinion

August 31, 2013

Norman streets need work

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

It is my opinion that the citizens of Norman are intelligent enough to recognize that the condition of Norman streets is deplorable. Further, present cross town passageways both north-south and east-west are inadequate. Future needs will cause intolerable traffic snarls.

Why you people feel the need to hire some out-of-town or state group to give their opinion is beyond me. Does not anyone in the planning department and or one of the state universities have the expertise needed to do any needed research to base current and future needs on?

It is obvious that Lindsey needs to be at least five lanes at all major streets. Further it is mandatory that pedestrian and bicycle underpasses be installed at multiple locations from Elm Street to Jenkins. These underpasses should be installed across Jenkins as well as Lindsey. This may involve taking some of OU’s property, but it will be to the benefit of the students there as well as improve traffic flow and safety.

Roundabouts are an institution in Great Britain and they work well, but they are certainly used with caution. The culture has had centuries to work to imbue the concept of its citizenry. The roundabouts are well marked there. None of that applies to what is installed in Norman.

Boyd should be four lanes from west 24th Avenue to east 12th Avenue and should be five lanes from Elm to Jenkins with the center lane being for turns. Pedestrian and bicycle underpasses should be installed in the Campus Corner area. The minimum would be at Asp, Jenkins and University Boulevard. They should be four way underpasses (an X configuration would work and save money but would be a bit of a hassle). These improvements will require the moving of the installed class arches to the south 20 feet or so.

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