Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Planners Delay Britton Road Decision/closing Causes Commotion

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Planners Delay Britton Road Decision/closing Causes Commotion

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A controversy over closing a portion of Britton Rd. just west of Lake Hefner was headed off Thursday by the Oklahoma City Planning Commission.

The commission delayed until May 14 discussion on the request by nearby residents to close the street in an effort to eliminate commuter traffic and reduce accidents on West Lakeshore Drive.

About 20 spectators attended the meeting to offer either their support or opposition to the measure. They left after the proposal was tabled.

Jack Crockett of the city planning staff had requested a six week delay to study alternatives and to meet with neighborhood groups to resolve the controversy.

Commissioner Mike Paque, Ward 8, requested the delay be shortened to four weeks.

"We would like to encourage several of these meetings (with neighborhood associations), then provide a forum outside this body (the planning commission) for discussion of this proposal," he said.

Paque said he and the ward's traffic commissioner would attend the last meeting and encouraged other planning commissioners also to attend.

Commissioner Lawrence McCraken, Ward 4, urged the planning staff to contact all neighborhood groups around Lake Hefner in connection with the discussions.

"I'm surprised about how much interest this proposal has from areas well away from the actual closing site," he said.

He and Paque also recommended the planning staff develop a select area plan so they could study traffic conditions around the lake.

The portion of Britton Road requested to be closed is east of Hefner Village Blvd., adjacent to West Lakeshore Drive.

Reportedly, 6,500 vehicles per day travel West Lakeshore Drive, while 6,000 vehciles travel Britton Road.

The city's transportation division reported that closing of this section of Britton Road would put additonal traffic at McArthur Blvd. and Northwest Expressway.

In a report to the Planning Commission, the transportation division said Northwest Expressway and MacArthur Blvd. don't have the capacity to handle additional traffic expected because of the closure.

Left turn bays at the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and Northwest Expresway would have to be doubled to handle the additional traffic, the report said.

This measure has been approved by the Traffic Commission and a joint Traffic/Planning Commission Committee.

- The commission also recommended approval of a planned unit development for an $8 million truck stop, restaurant, motel and convenience store complex near the intersection of Martin L. …

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