Closure of busy intersection in Midwest City surprising drivers

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Road closed in S.E. 15th St.

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Road closed signs at a busy intersection in Midwest City surprised some people who work and live in the area.

Workers at an assisted living center, near S.E. 15th St. between Westminster and Anderson Rd., are worried about access to their building in emergency situations.

“We didn’t have access to our property from the east or the west, because there were these road closed signs,” said Jeanene L. Lindsey, executive director at Fountain Brook Assisted Living & Memory Support in Midwest City.

She said they care for more than 70 residents in need of around-the-clock care.

“The ability to have first responders come in when we have an emergency, that’s all vital,” Lindsey said.

Construction crews are relocating a sewer main for a future road widening project near S.E. 15th St., between Westminster and Anderson.

“It was a little confusing, because we didn’t get any prior notification from the city,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey hopes the construction signs will change to alert drivers that through traffic is allowed.

“We’ll just make do and make revisions to take a different route,” said Terry Osburn, who lives nearby.

He said Midwest City is growing so much and this widening project will help with congestion.

“Ease the traffic on 15th, because it’s usually fairly busy over there in the mornings and evenings,” Osburn said.

Lindsey agreed the complete project will make the roads safer.

“I think, with more lanes, it will open up some visibility that we don’t have right now,” Lindsey said.

The assistant city engineer said the current closures should be open by Wednesday.

However, the entire sewer main project is expected to be finished by the end of the month.