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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

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Here's How Oklahoma Can Improve Rest Areas: Follow Texas' Lead

Posted 05-15-2019 at 08:12 PM by case44


Interstate highways have to have rest areas every once in a while. Sometimes, motorists and truck drivers can't wait to stop in the next town or city, and so, the rest area can offer something for them.

You look at the state of Oklahoma, and have you thought about the condition of that state's rest areas on both I-35 and I-40? They're outdated, sports fans. Every precious one of them is in need of a major remodel. Oklahoma is still figuring out what it should do. I have a solution for them.

Get some serious advice from Texas.

After all, we've seen the state of Texas totally redo all of their rest areas, either by tearing down and rebuilding at the incumbent locations or build on completely new ones. And let me tell you, friends, Texas rest areas are becoming the envy of the nation. Well, this is the kind of thing Oklahoma needs. The welcome centers are usually ones that go the extra mile for travelers, but for all others, I would love to see the Texas model put in place. Now, many of you may have heard horror stories about one particular rest area, and it's on I-40 east of Henryetta. It's referred to as Tiger Mountain, named for that particular area. There had been some shady activity going on at that rest stop in the past, and so, officials had to shut all facilities down. I disagree with that idea. Just build a visible, all-new, lighted facility. Okies can place sheriff or police at that location and also build surveillance cameras. At any rate, Okies need and deserve the latest and greatest in restrooms, vending machines, expansive parking areas, and a tourist guide in the lobbies. Not to mention courtyard settings. And they may want to limit the trees for visibility's sake. Travelers on I-35 and I-40 can benefit greatly from this new approach.

Interstate 44 can be exempt from this conversation, as it is mostly toll road, and in Oklahoma, all turnpikes have service areas which often include McDonald's restaurants. Just saying.

I just believe Oklahoma really ought to consider this initiative. It will make for an even better travel experience, and done right, you'd look forward to stopping for a roadside nap.
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    I do remember a nice one on 35 just north of the Arbuckles. Lots of shade being in a patch of thick cross timbers. Not sure why you would want to eliminate that.
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    Posted 05-19-2019 at 07:10 PM by MoNative34 MoNative34 is offline
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    ^^^ I didn't say anything had to necessarily be eliminated, but Oklahoma has outdated facilities, except, perhaps, for the welcome centers near the state lines.

    Got to hand it to Texas, however, for making vast improvements the last few years.
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    Posted 05-21-2019 at 08:42 PM by case44 case44 is online now
 

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