Drivers complain about traffic signal in downtown Tulsa


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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 9/23/2013 5:33 pm Published: 9/23/2013 4:55 pm


Drivers called FOX23 to complain about a downtown traffic signal.

They say the signal at 8th and Elgin streets is hard to see. The city told FOX23 it made it that way on purpose.

Drivers going east on 8th Street can see all the lights ahead, except the one at Elgin. They said when it's green, it looks like the traffic signal isn't working until the driver crosses Detroit Street, about a half-block away.

Traffic operations manager Kurt Kraft says the signal at Elgin is taller, a mast-arm signal, and the signals west of it are shorter, like most downtown signals.

Kraft said drivers were seeing the green light at Elgin and not seeing the red light at Detroit.

"They take notice of that signal instead of Detroit," said Kraft.

And they were running it.

Tulsa Police Department's Craig Murray knew about the problem, too.

"You have got to be able to see it," said Murray.

So the city put a device in front of the green light that makes it so drivers can't see it until they're within a half-block.

The city says it's helping the problem, but it may not have solved it. During the interview with Kraft, a FOX23 photojournalist saw a white SUV blow through the red light at Detroit.

Kraft says the city's making it as safe as possible, and drivers need to pay attention.


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bowlerdave - 9/24/2013 8:43 AM
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What does it matter if they see it or not? No one downtown pays attention to the lights anyway. They hardly pay attention to whether or not the street is one way or two way. I sit in my office all day watching people running lights and going the wrong way down one-way streets.
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