Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Council Overturns Decision concerning Traffic Signals

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Council Overturns Decision concerning Traffic Signals

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The Oklahoma City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to overturn a decision by the city's traffic commission to continue operation of signals at NW 23rd and Harvey Ave. and NW 23rd and Dewey Ave., despite objections from residents living north of 23rd St. and business owners along 23rd St.

The council's decision means the traffic signals will be removed.

The signals were turned off for a 10-day trial period on July 10, as one-way streets along Harvey Ave., Hudson Ave., Walker Ave. and Dewey Ave. were made two-way streets on July 13. The traffic commission deferred action on removal of the traffic signals until Aug. 17, and at that time voted 5-1 against removing the signals.

The Heritage Hills, Mesta Park and Heritage Hills East neighborhood associations appealed the traffic commission's decision to the council.

NW 23rd St. between Santa Fe Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. is the dividing line between city wards 2 and 6. Those living south of NW 23rd St. and who were in attendance at Tuesday's council meeting wanted the signals removed, while those living north of NW 23rd St. or who had businesses along the street wanted the signals to stay.

Ward 2 Councilman Mark Schwartz, who represents those living north of 23rd St., made a motion to accept the traffic commission's decision, but his motion died for lack of a second.

Ward 6 Councilwoman Beverly Hodges, representing residents south of 23rd St., made a motion to appeal the commission's decision. It was seconded by Ward 7 Councilman Goree James.

Residents living south of 23rd said removing the signals would discourage motorists from cutting through their neighborhoods to avoid the signals.

Traffic counts along 23rd St. did not justify the need for traffic signals at those locations, said Hodges. …

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