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Road Construction Tests Drivers' Patience

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It's quite a sight. Half of 71st packed with traffic, the other half packed with signs and machinery, and men at work. Wait, where are the men at work?

"It angers me, I mean it's like they don't care," said Dean Bright, none too happy to drive down 71st between the Arkansas river bridge and highway 75 and see nobody sitting in the heavy machinery and nobody, well, anywhere.

"Can't see anything being accomplished. It's like it reached a certain point and then it just stops," he said.

"Biggest thing we ask right now is patience," said city of Tulsa Field Engineer Terry Ball, pointing to the weather as the cause of the recent delay.

"They decided just to wait, let this rain pass, and then they'll start tearing out Elwood," he said.

But even with that slight delay keep in mind that this project isn't scheduled to be done until the end of the year.

"I've had quite a few calls," said Tulsa city councilor Jeannie Cue, getting an earful from folks like Mr. Bright and wondering if a 24 hour work scheduled couldn't be implemented.

"One of the things we have to look at when we do that is we try not to have 24 hour work near neighborhoods," said Ball.

Ah, but what about near Tulsa Hills?

"Could this section be 24 hours a day?,' asked Cue.

At least, she says, that non-neighborhood part could move along more quickly.

"In fact, it would be better to work nights here on this particular section because there would be less traffic," she said.

But with the project already in progress, that's probably a long shot. So buckle up, it's a long ride to December.

"Everybody I know is complaining," said Bright.

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