|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.