Tulsa Traffic Engineers Work To Fix Congestion At 101st And Delaware

Friday, May 25th 2018, 5:56 am
By: Joseph Holloway

Tulsa traffic engineers are working on ways to ease the traffic congestion on and around 101st Street near Jenks Middle School.

City traffic engineers say they spend a lot of time observing the 101st and Riverside intersection and they admit it's a traffic nightmare for drivers.

Engineers say they're trying some new signal-timing techniques while still keeping the two signals south of the Creek Turnpike on Riverside in sync with each other.

Northbound drivers on Delaware will have some additional time since it's a two-lane road where there's heavy traffic coming from nearby subdivisions.
The southbound left turn will now run twice in the same cycle to cut down on the backups coming off the Creek Turnpike at peak times.

5/9/2018 Related Story: 101st Street At Jenks Middle School Reopening To Two-Way Traffic

Engineer Kurt Kraft says the department is looking at other ways to improve the pattern and he hopes drivers see the difference by next school year with Jenks Middle School being close to this intersection.

"When school starts back up in the fall again, it'll be heavy traffic but hopefully operate better than it has been. I know it's been a big inconvenience for everybody," said Kraft. 

City Councilor Phil Lakin said the city is working with a consulting firm to look at other options to alleviate congestion at the intersection.