Editor, The Ada News:
Regarding the idea that Oklahoma City takes up most of the state’s transportation budget and more emphasis should be put on increasing rural roads from two lanes to four.
The majority of Oklahoma’s taxes, which fund initiatives such as improving roads, come from the bigger cities, like Oklahoma City. Therefore, it only makes sense that a majority of the transportation budget be spent on improving the roads surrounding that area. According to the 2010 census, Konawa had a population of 1,298, while Oklahoma City had a population of 579,999 and the State of Oklahoma had a total population of 3,751,351 (www.factfinder2.census.gov). Using this information Konawa consists of 0.03 percent of the population and Oklahoma City consists of 15 percent.
While having four-lane highways, or even six or eight, makes sense for the busier cities, I fail to see why the small town of Konawa needs a four-lane road. Do people hate driving on two lane roads? Sure. I know I do. However, I also hate that Ada does not have a Del Taco, but I will not be asking for the taxpayers in Osage County to fork over the funds to have one built.
The people of Konawa, and the other rural communities of the state, choose to live in a small town for the comforts that it provides. At the same time, by choosing to live in these rural communities, they are also agreeing to forfeit the amenities that larger cities can supply, such as four-lane roads and Del Tacos.
Chris Van Patten