Tulsa Neighborhood Frustrated Over Stop Sign That Keeps Getting Knocked Over

Wednesday, February 12th 2020, 4:46 pm
By: Kristen Weaver

A Tulsa neighborhood has another new stop sign this week but neighbors said, from experience, they know they will need another one soon. 

They said the stop sign keeps getting knocked down, and replaced nearly every week. 

It's at the intersection of South 161st East Avenue and Admiral where people said they were frustrated because a stop sign keeps getting knocked down-- but now, the City of Tulsa says they have a solution.

"We have 'Ned' who went down in January, 'Ozzy' in January, then 'Pete' went down the 1st of February," said Jenifer Perez, describing the stop signs. 

Week by week, people in the Rosedew neighborhood have been naming the stop signs which stand at the intersection of South 161st East Avenue and Admiral in alphabetical order. 

They're currently on "Re-Pete" after "Pete" bit the dust a few weeks ago. They said five signs have been knocked down in the last month, and it has happened about 50 times since 2014. 

"We deemed it #StopSignKiller," she said. "We're trying to figure out what's going on, and what we can do to stop it."

Jenifer Perez is in a Facebook group where her neighbors share the frustration of seeing their signs squashed.  She said it's getting to be a big problem.

"There are car parts everywhere, somebody could get a flat tire, or even get hurt."

Perez said it's still a mystery as to why.

"It's our taxpayer dollars paying for them," she said. "We don't know if it's somebody doing it on purpose or legitimate accidents, but either way, it's too much."

The City of Tulsa said the signs are "critical," so they always get the new ones up quickly. Officials said they are working on solutions, like putting up this reflective tape, and said they're going to add a "Stop Sign Ahead" sign to warn drivers. 

Perez said despite the annoyance, the many names and obituaries of stop signs that once were has brought her neighbors together.

"It brought us together as a community, too; so, it was good," said Perez. 

The city said that a new sign should be up in the next couple of weeks.