Residents of an Owasso neighborhood tired of being a construction detour


Story Comments Share

Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 9/16/2013 11:42 pm Published: 9/16/2013 11:24 pm


A makeshift detour is bothering people who live in an Owasso neighborhood.

A bridge replacement construction project is shifting traffic off  116th Street North between Garnett and Mingo, and FOX23 learned the fix will take longer than planned.

The city has put a detour in place, but driver's quickly found out it's faster to cut through the Country Estates.

Neighbors say those drivers are going way too fast, and some fear for their safety.

"It gets annoying sometimes,” David Kilburn told FOX23. “I’m worried about people flying down the street."

Kilburn said drivers followed the city made detour for a couple of days, but it took drivers a mile out of their way, so people quickly figured out a  shortcut.

“They can drive four blocks out of the way instead of one mile, but it takes them on my street,” Kilburn said.

FOX23 spoke with people all over the subdivision Monday.

They estimated they're seeing four times as much traffic on their street as there was before the project started.

FOX23 decided to find out how much traffic is coming through the area. We counted the number of cars for 5 minutes. In that time, 53 cars cut through.

We also did some math. If that kind of traffic was steady, there'd be over 15 thousand cars drive the streets daily.

Some tell FOX23 it's difficult and even a little scary to do something as simple as back out of their driveway.

"I almost saw a neighbor get hit the other day backing out of their driveway because a car was going so fast,” Mike Doyle told FOX23.

What makes the situation even worse, they'll now have to wait longer for the return of a peaceful neighborhood.

Tulsa county crews began work last Monday. It was supposed to wrap up on Saturday, but FOX23 learned engineers have now pushed completion to Wednesday at the earliest.

“Hopefully there's not a tragic end to this story, if someone, some child gets run over,” Doyle said.

Story Comments Share

6 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of KOKI FOX23 - Tulsa

watergirl - 9/17/2013 2:27 PM
0 Votes
TaraN123 One day a guy cut me off at 86th access road next to Goldies, he pulled up in a big black truck blocking traffic as I was pulling out. He saw me coming and did it anyway. I beeped my horn at him and flipped me off with a mad ugly look on his face. Yeah, I just creep around Owasso and let the crazies have the right of way.

TaraN123 - 9/17/2013 1:48 PM
0 Votes
watergirl....i agree Owasso traffic does suck...i live there and 169 gives me anxiety...there was a wreck just last week on NB 169 because a driver didnt slow down...common sense when you see brake lights slow down dont speed up

watergirl - 9/17/2013 11:58 AM
1 Vote
I live in Tulsa but work in Owasso. I will have to say Owasso drivers are the rudest I have ever seen. They will crowd into the intersections so bad that nobody can move when the light turns green (76th & 169 ramps are the worst)and common curtisy is non existent. It's a race for who's first to the stop lights. If you are waiting to get out on a busy street get ready to wait because nobody will let you in. It's a nightmare trying to get out of Quick Trip or anyplace along 76 St North. Just look at how many wrecks there are on 169 South bound in the morning! Nearly every week some crash happens out there. I'll take Tulsa traffic any day over Owasso traffic.

bowlerdave - 9/17/2013 8:57 AM
0 Votes
First of all, no one respects the traffic laws. People aren't driving faster in your neighborhood, more fast drivers are coming down you neighborhood. And 15,000 cars, well, it isn't steady. So there aren't 15,000 cars, so that point is pointless. And you almost saw someone get hit? Well, if you had looked quicker, you would have seen them get hit. What does it matter if you almost saw it or not? If they get hit, they get hit. Now if you are trying to you saw a neighbor almost get hit, well, that's something else. And, if the neighbor almost got hit backing out of the driveway, then that neighbor obviously doesn't know how to back out of driveways. You don't back out if a car is coming. Yes, I guarantee the driver was driving too fast, as every driver does. But still, if there is a car there, don't back out. Just saying. And when is the city going to pick up my tree debris?

TaraN123 - 9/17/2013 8:15 AM
0 Votes
Its not just people that dont live in there. There are two entrances blocked off to Country Estates...The only way for people to get to their houses is to go through the other part of the neighborhood. Yeah i agree peple need to slow down but thats everywhere.

pen25 - 9/17/2013 4:52 AM
0 Votes
easy to deal with. park the cars on the streets and make the street narrower. call the city and have them put a patrol car out there. seems they always have more traffic enforcement then anything else.
FOX23 Weather Center
37°
Feels Like: 32°
High: 74° | Low: 37°
Partly Cloudy
Top Stories
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.