Traffic crawls along busy construction area in north OKC

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A big construction project has collided with all this recent rain, creating a real nightmare for drivers.

The busy area of Western Ave., north of the Kilpatrick Turnpike, has been under construction for quite some time.

During rush hour, walking on that road would be faster than driving.

Between 164th and 178th streets, drivers tell us it’s taking them twice as long to get where they need to be.

Folks who live there are frustrated, and mother nature is only making matters worse.

Cars and trucks thump along the road over mud-covered gravel and massive potholes.

It’s a big headache that comes with widening N. Western Ave. to four lanes.

People who live in the surrounding housing additions say it’s a huge inconvenience.

“Instead of diverting traffic around, they just have you drive down the side of the road. It’s just huge potholes, it’s not very convenient for the people who live here,” Jeremiah Allen said.

So many drivers take Western because it goes right to the turnpike.

People we talked to are concerned about their cars, even though they’re slowing way down.

“Every car that goes down through there is hitting chug holes, you can’t get out of one chug hole before you hit another one,” Leon Buchanan said.

“The potholes were so bad they brought semi loads of gravel in, trying to cover it up, make it to where people can get back and forth through it,” Allen said.

City officials say the project is about halfway done.

Drainage improvements and sewer and water lines are finished.

Paving the east side of Western should be done by July, and the west side by the end of August.

“Maybe this weather will give them a break,” Buchanan said.

Sidewalks and sod are set to be installed in the area later this year.

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