Traffic study in Calera

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

CALERA, Okla. -- After years of planning and preparation, drivers may soon see a traffic light on Highway 69/75 through Calera. City leaders first have to put it to a vote. Daniel Gotera has the story from Calera.

One portion of 69/75 is considered by some the most dangerous stretch of highway in all of southeastern Oklahoma. For the past four years, city and state officials have been trying to work out an agreement to put a traffic light on McKinney Street, and that time may have arrived.

Since 2003, there have been a series accidents, some fatal, along a two-mile stretch of 69/75 in Bryan County.

Calera voters approved a half-cent sales tax in November to pay for the installation of a traffic light on the highway, but city officials say initial plans for a light were scrapped because of a lack of funds and disagreements with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

ODOT officials have now been asked by the city to attend a meeting on February 1 to bring up a new traffic study for 69/75 through town.

Officials say the goal is to prevent any more deadly accidents.

Once a decision is reached at that February 1 meeting, ODOT officials say they can move forward with the new study to take into account the speed and number of cars that pass through the city.


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  • by Anonymous Location: OK on Jan 11, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    ODOT recommended traffic lights once before but the local businesses didn't want other cross-overs closed. Will they agree this time if that is what ODOT recommends?????????
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2008 at 02:13 PM
    IT IS ABOUT TIME
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jan 11, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    Agreed it's a hazard but wouldn't overpasses or a by-pass make more sense? Highway 75 going south out of Dallas is a normal highway but after Colbert it turns into just a 4 lane road with a lot of dangerous intersections. I think the stop lights are a short term solution to a much larger problem (although I'm sure they will help make Calera safer for the short term.) What does it take to get the highway corrected so traffic doesn't have to stop at traffic lights on a major highway?
  • by Anonymous Location: Bryan on Jan 10, 2008 at 10:14 PM
    I agree, something needs to be done about this stretch of highway. I was looking to buy a house and decided not to buy one that was in Calera even though I like the area simply because I did not want my teenagers having to cross that highway. It has taken many lives.
  • by Sue Location: Durant on Jan 10, 2008 at 08:33 PM
    Even though it will hamper my daily travel thru Calera, it's about time they did something. It's a shame so many people had to lose their lives before they did anything.
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