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July 16, 2014

Marlow considering changes at ‘Lawton Y’ intersection

DUNCAN — The City of Marlow and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are discussing the installation of improved traffic signals at the Duncan-Lawton “Y” intersection.

ODOT did a study analyzing the intersection, which had an average daily traffic flow of about 14,000 in 2012.

ODOT recommends installing a traffic signal, agency spokeswoman Brenda Perry said.

The study, recommended by State Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton, was  provided to the City of Marlow in late April.

A traffic signal would cost about $150,000, and Marlow would be responsible for 20 percent of construction costs and the cost of maintaining it, Perry said.

Marlow City Administrator Jason McPherson said the city is evaluating the need for the traffic signal and considering the concerns of residents.

“I’ve talked to people that do and don’t want a stop sign,” McPherson said. “There are wrecks out there, but there are wrecks everywhere.”

The speed limit was reduced from around 50 mph to 45 mph and a caution light was installed in in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, he said.

A Marlow resident involved in a crash at the intersection is gathering signatures for a petition calling for the installation of better traffic signals at the intersection.

 

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