The Norman Transcript

Opinion

August 31, 2013

Norman streets need work

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NORMAN —

Further, it is my opinion that Mr. Boren and the University of Oklahoma have no business sticking their nose into the city of Norman’s business when it comes to transportation issues that affect the entire city.

Berry Road should be five lanes from Robinson Street to Highway 9.

The city is allowing building growth in all directions but is providing woefully little north-south and east-west routes to handle the increasing traffic that is the result of that growth. The condition of north Berry Road is a joke.

The city needs to plan and begin implementation now for future requirements. That means you need to determine how much money has to be raised and go to the people for bond money to make it happen.

Note that the citizens do not trust you to spend the bond money for what it was promised for. Thus, you must make any bond plea ironclad that the funds will be spent for the projects they were raised to complete.

My guess is it will cost between $200 to $400 million to do the job properly. Quit trying to do the job a bit here and a piece there. Use of turn lanes should be enforced throughout Norman.

While on the subject of traffic, it is high time that traffic cameras and associated radar devices were installed in this city. The number of drivers ignoring stop signs, running red lights, speeding in school zones, etc. is increasing and we cannot afford to have a policeman on every corner.

I understand in the past when the subject has come up there were complaints about an invasion of people’s privacy. That just sounds to me like an excuse made by those people that break the law, to keep them from being ticketed.

Meanwhile you have judged everyone in town to be a criminal by installing speed humps all over the city. Thus you are punishing the law abiding people, who are the majority, rather than identifying and catching the criminals (the minority). That probably is unconstitutional if anyone decided to sue the city.

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