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bwana39:

--- Quote from: roadman65 on October 08, 2023, 09:17:14 PM ---I was on a portion of US 60 in Northeastern Oklahoma when a funeral procession passed in the opposing direction. During the moment, every car in my direction pulled aside despite not being in the path of the procession.

Is that a state law? Or is that just old school protocol where people just want to show respects to the family of the deceased?

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Old School protocol. SOMETIMES family members will make the point in not so innocuous ways. ESPECIALLY on the rural freeway or divided highway. (Do not overtake the hearse. )

bwana39:

--- Quote from: Plutonic Panda on November 28, 2023, 11:21:45 AM ---Improvements to US-259 in Hochatown are coming in 2024:

https://oklahoma.gov/odot/programs-and-projects0/public-meetings-and-hearings0/public-meetings-and-hearings/20221027.html

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Hochatown is a boomtown. Either it is the ultimate resort location in Oklahoma or it is as I have heard posited elsewhere a really neat way to get an Oklahoma pot card.  (IE build a home there and get a card fairly easily then rent it on AirBnB or VRBO.)

Traffic is terrible. 259 was 2-lane without shoulders. They have put up three or 4 traffic signals. They have added some shoulders.  It is still a mess. Choctaw is building a HUGE casino there. Land prices are huge. Vacancy rates are up and rental prices are falling.

A couple of decades ago, this land was practically worthless. Ranchers and rodeoers from Texas would buy or rent it for dirt prices and let horses and cattle winter there (with minimal feed or hay). There was literally enough land you could rent enough to let the livestock forage on it cheaper than you could feed them at home.

bugo:

--- Quote from: bwana39 on November 28, 2023, 12:39:45 PM ---
--- Quote from: roadman65 on October 08, 2023, 09:17:14 PM ---I was on a portion of US 60 in Northeastern Oklahoma when a funeral procession passed in the opposing direction. During the moment, every car in my direction pulled aside despite not being in the path of the procession.
Is that a state law? Or is that just old school protocol where people just want to show respects to the family of the deceased?

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Old School protocol. SOMETIMES family members will make the point in not so innocuous ways. ESPECIALLY on the rural freeway or divided highway. (Do not overtake the hearse. )

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This is a custom that needs to die (no pun intended). Somebody dies each and every day, and inconveniencing drivers for an archaic, outdated tradition is unnecessary. Society needs to start looking at moving completely away from cemeteries because they take up valuable space and move towards cremation as the default method of disposing of bodies. If I died, I certainly wouldn't want to hold up traffic just because it would make my lazy family think they were doing something.

Plutonic Panda:
Looks like Enid is getting an MPO: https://oklahoma.gov/odot/citizen/newsroom/2023/city-of-enid--oklahoma-department-of-transportation-partner-for-.html

Rothman:

--- Quote from: Plutonic Panda on December 29, 2023, 03:27:59 PM ---Looks like Enid is getting an MPO: https://oklahoma.gov/odot/citizen/newsroom/2023/city-of-enid--oklahoma-department-of-transportation-partner-for-.html

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Heh.  If you can piece together an urbanized area of 50,000 people, you have to have one under federal rules for transportation funding.

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