Presenting The Sixteen Worst Roads in Oklahoma City, from this morning’s Oklahoman, page 2A:
How they got to be The Worst:
In 2007, Oklahoma City passed a bond issue aimed at improving or replacing parts of the city’s infrastructure, including designating almost a half billion dollars to fix some of the city’s worst streets.
Of the 49 stretches of road designated to be repaired more than seven years ago, 16 have been completed and 17 are in construction.
Work has yet to begin on 16 streets.
Note that it’s stuff around the periphery, not urban streets in the middle of town, that seems to need the most work. And there’s a single four-mile stretch that I can verify is truly terrible: sections 14/13/2/11, Kelley Avenue from Wilshire to Memorial, though when I take this route I turn off at 130th, missing the northernmost half-mile. This stretch of Kelley, long ago, was part of the Route 66 alignment through town; it’s now, if you ask me, merely the less-stressful alternative to the Broadway Distention, albeit with nearly as much patch as actual pavement.