|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.