A new traffic signal coming to SH-51 and Evans Road
Construction on a new traffic signal at the intersection of State Highway 51 and Evans Road (225th E. Ave.) will begin this summer. The project is estimated to cost $400,000, with the City of Broken Arrow and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) each paying $200,000 of the costs.
Currently, 25,000-30,000 vehicles travel through that stretch of highway every day. Additional growth is projected this fall with the opening of a new Broken Arrow elementary school located at 101st St. South and 225th E. Ave., as well as the addition of 550 new homes in the area. As a result, residents voiced concerns about traffic safety due to the increased growth coupled with the history of collisions that have occurred at this intersection.
Highways are designed to move high-volume traffic at a high rate of speed. However, the loop curve and elevation changes on this particular highway have proven to be difficult to maneuver, especially for motorists who are going straight across or turning against the flow of traffic.
So approximately two years ago, the City coordinated with ODOT and had several discussions with Wagoner County and the City of Coweta to find a resolution to these traffic issues.
The City of Broken Arrow asked ODOT to put money in their eight-year plan for improvements to fund signals, widening and intersection improvements.
ODOT immediately began working on the Evans Road project and devised a plan for the signal to be installed. Now they have completed the design and environmental requirements. Next, they will begin advertising for bids for a public construction contract in early spring.
The City is endeavoring to expedite the construction process in hopes of having the signal installed in the late summer to early fall of this year.