ODOT asks motorists to be part of its safety team
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is asking the public during a two-month work zone awareness campaign titled First Line of Defense: Behind the Cones to become part of the department's safety team inside work zones like the one on SH-74 pictured below.
While the majority of the work on the SH-74 project between Memorial Rd. and N.W. 164th St. is away from the driving lanes, the hazards of work zones can be many.. Normally, work like what is pictured below, happens sometimes within inches of traffic traveling 25-55 mph. This campaign also aims to protect motorists. As an example, out of the 84 work zone fatalities in Oklahoma in the past five years, 79 of those were drivers and passengers. And five were highway workers. The department hopes the public will partner with it to help keep highways safe by putting distractions aside while behind the wheel.
A construction crew for Haskell Lemon Construction Co. spreads concrete in a new median divider on N.W. 150th St. just east of the intersection with SH-74 as traffic whizzes by Friday afternoon in Oklahoma City. This location is underneath the new northbound SH-74 bridge at N.W. 150th St. that is not open to traffic yet as part of the SH-74 project widening the corridor to a four-lane divided highway.
Asphalt paving continued Friday afternoon along the new northbound SH-74 mainline near N.W. 150th St. The $34 million project to widen SH-74 to a four-lane divided highway also includes reconstructed intersections at N.W. 150th St. and N.W. 164th St. Traffic is expected to move onto the new mainline lanes by late May with a full reopening to traffic by summer 2016.