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Residents calling for improvements to ‘dangerous’ intersection before new development

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OKLAHOMA CITY —Residents who live near the intersection of Britton and Piedmont have long known it is dangerous, and even deadly.

"You've got a three-mile stretch of road where in the last year alone, they've had 33 accidents, two deaths, one was just two weeks ago,” says Scott Brakefield, who lives a few hundred yards from the two-way stop with a flashing yellow light.

On Friday morning, a semi-truck broadsided a teenager in a car at the same intersection.

Brakefield says something has to be done before someone else is injured or killed in the area.

"You need more than just a light at that road. The road needs to be widened to four lanes, just like they've been talking about doing this for about 20 years,” says Brakefield.

Neighbors say part of the problem is drivers who disregard the 45 mile per hour speed limit, and traffic congestion.

Residents were not happy to learn that the Oklahoma City Planning Commission approved the development of 1,200 new homes.

Longtime resident Brandi Reynolds worries the development will cause even more traffic congestion in her neighborhood.

"Britton and Hefner are already in bad shape, so it's just going to create a bigger problem,” says Reynolds.

A statement forwarded to KFOR by Crafton Tull, the planning firm for the Redstone Ranch Addition, states that the development will require an investment of over $25 million in public infrastructure by American Development Group.

In exchange, it says increased tax dollars from those new homes "could be used in Canadian County to build or repair roads, build parks, and improve quality of life.”

However, Reynolds says the roads should be fixed before any new homes are built.

"What we would like to see is for Oklahoma City to take into account the status of the infrastructure right now to serve the people who live here currently, and delay the development until we get improvements,” says Reynolds.

Residents have put together a petition to get the attention of Oklahoma City leaders. So far, they have garnered 500 signatures.

It will be up to the Oklahoma City Council to approve plans to move forward with the Redstone Ranch Addition.