Confusing speed signs in Wagoner County construction zone

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 9/25/2013 5:26 pm Published: 9/25/2013 3:47 pm

Changing speed limit signs are leading to confusion on Oneta Road in Broken Arrow.

The street, near 81st and Oneta Road, had four different speeds posted within a 50-yard stretch.

A FOX23 viewer sent in the picture and FOX23’s Farron Salley went to see why the signs were out. While she was there officials took part of the signs down.

Drivers told FOX23 the speed limits don't make sense and it's to the point now that they somewhat ignore the postings.

“I think what they ought to do instead of having 45-25-35-25 again, they ought to just put up a 25 mph zone up and just have that from here to the stop sign,” said Harry Welker, a driver in the area.

The sign they took down says 25 mph but it was posted between a 45 mph and a 35 mph sign.

“You want to watch the speed limit signs. It would be nice to have some consistency in a residential area especially,” said Debbie Vogt, another driver.

FOX23 heard back from the city and found out they put the extra signs up as a precaution.

“We're in a catch-22. If you warn too far in advance there's confusion, if you fail to, if you don't warn them, then there's confusion, so we were trying to be responsive,” said Beth Anne Wilkening, the city attorney.

The signs were intended to help people slow down before they hit construction on the street. But drivers say there's a consistent and less complicated way to do the same.

“The purpose was actually to advise the public that the speed zone was going to be reduced. But after a number of concerns were raised by the citizens we instructed the crews to simply take that sign down,” said Wilkening.

“Slow it down to 25 from this driveway all the way up to the stop sign. I mean that makes it very simple and very easy,” said Welker.

The signs on both sides of 81st do lead to construction on Oneta.

It's part of a multimillion-dollar project to widen Oneta Road.

There are still 3 signs up, but they all decrease and have drivers gradually go slower leading up to the construction.

The city attorney said the project is costing $3.4 million and should be done by March 2014.

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bowlerdave - 9/26/2013 9:17 AM
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Thank you Fox23, for making every driver that much dumber. Watch your own video. There were not 4 different speed limit signs showing rising and lowering limits. The first sign was a speed limit sign showing a limit of 45mph. The second sign is a sign warning drivers that a speed zone of 25mph is ahead (notice the arrow at the top of the sign). The third sign is a 35mph sign, the fourth a 25mph sign. So, the limits go from 45 to 35 to 25. Didn't anyone ever take Driver's Ed? I thought drivers were stupid enough on their own. They don't need news outlets misinforming them on the laws as well.

karlschneider - 9/25/2013 7:45 PM
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It brings in a lot of revenue to the County...which they use to buy booze and Xmas turkeys. For themselves and their inbred relatives.
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