Graffiti sprayed on newly built highway wall

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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 8/20/2013 10:03 am Published: 8/19/2013 4:40 pm

The $38 million widening project on I-44 between Harvard and Peoria got a little more costly thanks to some spray paint.

In between all the construction trucks and traffic, in big blue letters someone boldly tagged the new south wall on I-44 near Lewis.

The graffiti can be seen driving both directions on the interstate.

Trish Carter's home faces the interstate but from her vantage point, the graffiti is on other side of the wall.

FOX23's Janna Clark showed her a photo of it on her cellphone.

"This is what's on the other side of that brand new wall," said Clark.

Once Carter saw it, she said 'Oh my gosh!"

No doubt whoever did it wants people to see it.

"From the sky?" Carter, joking.

The graffiti appears to be about 8 feet tall. FOX23 measured and it's about 40 feet long and right on new construction.

"They've gone out there and already ruined it," said Carter.

FOX23 talked to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and a spokesperson said someone did it when crews were gone and wants to make the point that damaging state property is a crime.

ODOT said even though the project is still under construction, taxpayers will ultimately have to pay to fix it. The cost will be added to the cost of the project.

"It does kind of make me mad," said Carter.

Fixing it will lengthen the time of an already lengthy project.

Tulsa police told FOX23 this could be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on how much it costs to fix.

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of KOKI FOX23 - Tulsa

JuliusZsako - 8/20/2013 10:55 AM
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Graffiti vandals take what they want and leave what they want. Graffiti vandals have no respect for our civic infrastructure. They view monuments, highway signs and walls, fixtures in the right-of-way as well as your private property as their personal billboard. Graffiti experts can't stop graffiti because they view graffiti as the problem when it is a symptom of attitudes that see graffiti as fun, harmless and an improvement to the visual environment. Foster different attitudes among kids, values that see graffiti as harmful to the community as well as to the graffiti writer, and we will prevent the next crop of graffiti writers from being so large. As noted at , crimes of graffiti vandalism cost Americans $20 billion a year. We can do more to prevent graffiti vandalism.
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