Preston Thompson, Northeast Oklahoma City
Context: Many 90-degree intersections have yield signs or, in some cases, no signs at all. Thompson said he has witnessed accidents due to what he considers an inadequately signed area. The lack of proper signage jeopardizes the safety of residents, including children, and passengers.
Eric Wenger, Public Works Director
Context: Wenger said it’s not uncommon for large metropolitan areas to have intersections with no stop signs, traffic lights or even yield signs, especially in sparsely populated residential neighborhoods with slower traffic. The city makes its own signs, so it would not be cost-prohibitive to put signs at each intersection. Also, he said, not everyone in the neighborhood may want signs installed.
A Deeper Look:
Stop Control Requests
From 2012 to 2014, Oklahoma City residents and business owners made 33 requests for “stop control” — stop signs, yield signs or traffic lights. The yellow points represent requests that were approved; the red points represent rejections. Touch the points on the map for details of each request.
Source: Oklahoma City Public Works Department traffic commission meeting minutes, 2014.
Source: City of Oklahoma City.