Wreck

At least five vehicles were involved in a collision resulting in a fatality Monday morning on the Broken Arrow Expressway westbound near U.S. 169. HARRISON GRIMWOOD/Tulsa World

I know Mayor G.T. Bynum has been conducting meetings about Tulsa's future, but there seems to be a pressing need I haven't seen come up.

I am talking about the expressways inside the city of Tulsa. The interchange between Oklahoma 51 and U.S. 169 is terrible.

Traffic going east and west on Oklahoma 51 have to dodge traffic exiting U.S. 169 onto Oklahoma 51 and vice versa. The interchange between Oklahoma 51 and U.S. 44 is the same way.

We have all driven in major cities, and those highways do not make traffic entering and exiting cross each other; that is a bad plan.

The Broken Arrow Expressway (Oklahoma 51) west of Sheridan Road to Utica Avenue hasn't changed in at least 50 years. The traffic count in Tulsa has grown exponentially in the last 50 years.

Obviously, our city leaders planned for the future when they built it, but it is not what it should be today.

President Trump and Congress have been talking about an infrastructure bill. Tulsa needs a plan to address these expressway issues if we are to have a chance of getting some of that money.

Tulsa needs a better highway system if we expect commerce in Tulsa, and that starts with a plan.

Editor’s note: Highway funding and planning is generally the responsibility of state and federal government.


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