Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Safety Counts During Traffic Counts

Along one of the busiest stretches of highway in Oklahoma, Garver engineers Andrew Snyder, Nick Braddy, and Caleb Coltrane recently set out 24-hour tubes and traffic counters to capture daily traffic volumes along Turner Turnpike (I-44) in Oklahoma.

With vehicles speeding by at 75 mph, Garver's crew worked in tandem with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Maintenance Division and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The patrol cars moved with the team in a coordinated dance that shifted traffic down to one lane while another patrol car protected the Garver employees from oncoming traffic. With a top-notch coordination effort, the task was completed without incident.

Recording traffic counts along a 20-mile stretch from Bristow to Sapulpa, Oklahoma is one of the first steps in performing a high-profile corridor study to widen the turnpike. The study includes traffic studies, right-of-way footprints, utility relocations, environmental impacts, and conceptual design plans with cost estimates. In all, the corridor includes three interchanges that will have to be modified as well as 14 span bridges, five bridge boxes, and 22 roadway class culverts.

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