Residents Living Near I-44 In Tulsa Concerned About Traffic In Their Neighborhoods

Wednesday, November 10th 2010, 8:20 am
By: News On 6

Jamie McGriff, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- People living near the latest construction project on I-44 are worried about the extra traffic that could go through their neighborhoods.

Some residents in one Tulsa neighborhood are worried about problems, like speeding that could come along with extra cars on their roads.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation started moving westbound traffic at 41st Street onto new pavement.

11/8/2010 Related story: One Tulsa I-44 Project Ends, Another Begins

One neighborhood group, the Patrick Henry Neighborhood Association held a special meeting Tuesday night to work on a solution.

They met at Patrick Henry Elementary School.

Tulsa City Councilor GT Bynum and Tulsa Police were also at the meeting to answer questions and address concerns of residents living in the area.

The biggest concern is the increase in traffic.

"This is different than more long term problems that neighborhoods have traditionally faced because we're talking about a response to a construction program that's currently underway. So rather than talking about putting in turnarounds and speed humps really what we've got to do is help improve police enforcement," said city councilor GT Bynum.

Residents told Bynum, some drivers are going as fast as 50 miles per hour through their neighborhood.