New traffic light to be installed this year at dangerous intersection

A recent fatality collision increased concerns about a dangerous intersection on S.W. 44th St. and Mustang Road. More than 20 collisions have occurred at the intersection since 2012, according to the OKC traffic accident database.

by E.I. Hillin

Oklahoma City officials pledge a solution is underway for a dangerous intersection north of Mustang. OKC Public Works Director, Eric Wegner, said a plan to install a traffic signal at S.W. 44th St. and Mustang Road is pending approval by OKC city council and state, but he expects installation to be completed by the end of 2017. 

“We have recently completed construction plans,” Wegner said.  

The intersection currently has two stop signs on the east and west bound S.W. 44th St, but no signals on the heavily trafficked north and south bound Mustang Road. The speed limit at the busy segment of Mustang Road is 55 m.p.h. and the speed limit on S.W. 44th St. is 45 m.p.h. 

According to the OKC traffic accident database, two fatality accidents have occurred at the intersection since 2004 and more than 20 collisions have occurred at the intersection since 2012. Concerns from Mustang residents increased after a fatality wreck took place this month.  

Mayor Jay Adams said although many Mustang residents have voiced concerns about the busy intersection, there is nothing the city can feasibly do because it falls within Oklahoma City limits.  

“Anytime you have better traffic control and more visibility, it could help one more person,” Adams said.  

Wegner said the Mustang community, along with OKC City Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, have been instrumental in helping to get the project moving along ahead of others.  

“Thirty other signal locations have been approved,” Wegner said. “We are actually expediting this one.” 

The project to install the traffic signal at S.W. 44th St. and Mustang Road was approved in 2015 by the OKC Traffic Commission but no funding has been available to implement the project. Wegner said the project will cost $250,000 – $300,000.  

Most city projects are funded by bond issues. Wegner said the last OKC bond issue passed was in 2007. The city is planning their next bond issue in September of this year.  

OKC was able to identify grant funds in 2016 to put the project on the fast track. By using a participation project grant, 80 percent of the cost will be paid by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and 20 percent will be funded by OKC. Wegner said $50,000 will come from other city funds.   

Final approval for the traffic installation project is still pending.

7 Comments

  1. Spiro on March 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Mustang times should ask about SH152 and Castlerock Rd to see if they’re gonna put a traffic light there because there are too many accidents at that spot

  2. Terry Cordingley on March 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

    The Mustang area definitely needs more traffic lights, but the condition of the local roads is pretty bad, too. Czech Hall Road comes to mind, full of some bad potholes. With all the new homes being built on the outskirts of Mustang, the roads should be updated, too.

  3. Albert Trotter on April 16, 2017 at 9:13 am

    lets see the effects of installing this traffic light …but just want to ask are there no traffic wardons appointed on Mustang roads???the history of accidents are actually very dangerous

  4. Patricia Munsch on June 5, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I would like to see a traffic light on my corner in Yukon. Who would I contact

    • Kyle Salomon on June 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Patricia, it depends on where you live. Are you technically in Oklahoma City with a Yukon zip code or are you within Yukon city limits?

  5. Marcia J. Eller on September 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Has anyone heard about an update to this article about if and when this traffic light will be installed? The article stated that they hope to have it in by the end of 2017, but as it’s almost the end of September, that doesn’t seem likely. Thanks in advance for any info!!!

  6. Trinitie on October 8, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Is this still pending?? Busses have a choice between this very busy intersection or really crowded two-way streets. Put this in motion already or temporarily lower the speed limit until it is approved. It’s a nightmare trying to turn left to get to the high school, not to mention the cars coming from Yukon into Mustang don’t have the courtesy to get into the right most lane for the ones who want to turn onto Mustang Rd.

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