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September 15, 2013

Traffic circle accommodates campus, not residents

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

My family has lived on the southeast side of the University of Oklahoma campus since 1964. We have traveled Lindsey Street both east and west almost every day of that time. The traffic has increased tenfold in those years.

I can understand why OU wants to alleviate some of the traffic through the campus area. Building a traffic circle at the Berry-Lindsey intersection is not the way to go. In my opinion, that would only accommodate the OU campus at the expense of the residents of Norman.

OU also states that they do not want a divided four-lane street to divide the campus from the dorm area.

Perhaps a solution would be for OU to construct a couple of covered walkways across a divided four-lane street high enough to accommodate emergency vehicles (but not semitrucks) from Elm Avenue to Jenkins Avenue.

State Highway 9 and Lindsey are the only east-west streets through town on the south side of town. It would be a disservice to the citizens of Norman to change this just to accommodate the OU campus. The divided four-lane section from Jenkins to Classen is beautiful and has alleviated much congestion in that area.

On the subject of walking and bicycling paths to the businesses on Lindsey, there are very few businesses that would draw walkers or bicycles. Banks, strip malls (offering various services), grocery stores, churches and drive-in restaurants are not the sort of places people walk to.

A four-lane street with a row of trees down the middle and turn lanes for easy access to the businesses would be a beautiful gateway to the OU campus and would be less costly to the citizens of Norman.

Mary McCracken

Norman

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