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.