City's Answer For Stop And Go Traffic Congestion
Stop, go, stop, go. It's what we all experience when we're stuck in traffic and it's not fun.
When Bass Pro was first announced it was projected to bring a lot of growth and revenue. It has done both with nearby businesses. What it's also brought is more traffic and congestion.
Broken Arrow's population has grown expedientially over the past 10 years. Thirty-two percent from 2000 TO 2010 and this city continues to grow, making it the fourth largest city in Oklahoma, and more brake lights.
"It's continuing to expand in all directions," says Warren Unsicker with the Broken Arrow Chamber.
Growth and expansion two words every Chamber has to like.
"The retailers and the businesses are realizing that and taking advantage of it," says Unsicker.
They're flocking to north Broken Arrow with new outlets opened and more planned. With more stores, there are more people and more cars.
"As rapidly as our growth is growing in northern Broken Arrow, we want to keep that traffic flowing freely," says Stephanie Higgins, with the City of Broken Arrow.
So the city has commissioned a three month traffic study.
"We receive calls from residents and from people who are driving in that area of how the lights just don't seem to be syncing," says Higgins.
Engineers will look at traffic counts, evaluate plans and make suggestions which may include equipment that needs to be purchased. What the city learns in the Broken Arrow's northern corridor might prove useful in Southern Broken Arrow around the Creek Turnpike interchange and new planned development which breaks ground early next year.
"So we'll certainly look at those situations and learn from what we've done in Northern Broken Arrow and implement those situations in Southern Broken Arrow as well," adds Higgins.
The traffic study recommendations will be made to the city council. It's up to councilors what they will implement.