Traffic circle planned for rural Oklahoma County

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OKLAHOMA COUNTY - Oklahoma County District 3 Commissioner Ray Vaughn plans to build a traffic circle at one of the county's most dangerous intersections.

There have been four serious wrecks in the past few months at N.W. 178th and Meridian.

Currently, it is a two-way stop; east - west traffic does not stop.

And, people who live in the area said they are tired of all the wrecks at the stop.

People who live in the area said the intersection is notorious for dangerous wrecks.

"You've got people heading south for work and kids heading north for school. Everybody's in a hurry," said resident Doug Brown. "I think it just compounds the issue. I've seen two in the past week."

NewsChannel 4 covered the dangerous intersection last week.

After our report aired, Oklahoma County District 3 engineers agreed to install more signs to warn drivers about the stop.

According to the county, crashes have been more frequent because of an increase in traffic on nearby State Highway 74.

The signs have apparently not helped much.

According to Deer Creek High School parent, Tas Khan, there was another serious wreck this week.

Now, Vaughn is ready to take more action.

"We've decided to approach it proactively and do something out of the ordinary which has never been done in District 3," Vaughn said. "Instead of a four-way stop, we are going to build a no-way stop."

Oklahoma County will add a roundabout traffic circle at N.W. 178th and Meridian.

According to federal highway safety studies, traffic circles have been shown to reduce collisions by 37 percent, reduce injury collisions by 75 percent and reduce fatality crashes by 90 percent.

The traffic circle will be a $150,000 safety upgrade that will include a lower speed limit, bumper strips and a fancy traffic circle.

Work is expected to start in the next ten days and should be complete by the end of summer.

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