The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 25, 2014

Letter: Problems with Oklahoma 11 need attention

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — I am writing to draw your attention to Oklahoma 11 from Blackwell, going west to Medford, Cherokee, Alva and on across the state.

The recent oil activity created problems for this old road, and it shows in the patches over the last two years.

It is not a wide enough road and has tiny shoulders.

From Blackwell for many miles west, the bumps indicate that an old asphalt overlay is wearing down to old concrete seams. The patchwork as of the last couple of months is a quick fix.

West of Medford has been the scene of many accidents during the past 15 years. A horrid cross-over wreck in November 2003 took three lives there. One of those people was my father, and in 109 years, nothing has happened!

Red Hill intersection is another scene of truck accidents. These should have been red flags to make improvements.

This road is used by school busses, delivery trucks, college students and their families headed to Northwestern Oklahoma State University and by the many farm families in the area. This highway is used as much — if not more — than 412 going to western Oklahoma.

I know the Oklahoma Department of Transportation can do better and recommend they move this road up on their priority list.

I am also a property owner in Alfalfa County, making monthly trips on this road.

Susan Parker Mittasch