The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

August 15, 2013

Where the trail system crosses South Van Buren is cause for great concern

ENID, Okla. — We’ve always been a fan of the city of Enid’s efforts to improve and expand the trail system.

It’s proven to be a popular feature in town and is a great addition to the quality of life in the community.

However, that does not mean we’re happy with everything, in particular where the trail crosses South Van Buren. That area is busy, some 16,300 vehicles pass through on an average day, according to the latest data available.

City officials understand the seriousness of the situation, with Mayor Bill Shewey saying “... it’s a very dangerous place to cross right now.”

A businessman in the area, Bob Perry, has witnessed three near-disasters at the crossing, and plenty of people on the News & Eagle’s Facebook page have commented about the situation as well.

There have been plenty of comments about how people on the trail need to watch out for traffic, and be careful before they cross. That’s true, but it’s also a crosswalk so traffic must yield to pedestrians. That’s the law, but we also know a pedestrian isn’t going to win if there is an accident.

The signage warning drivers of the trail crossing is not visible enough in that area, and drivers have a hard time realizing the trail is there.

That situation is compounded, too, when drivers exceed the speed limit in the area, which is 35 mph.

The big question now is what to do about the situation. Since the crossing is along a major highway, Oklahoma Department of Transportation would be involved in any solution.

What the answer is, remains to be seen. Will it be flashing lights warning drivers? Will it be a stoplight pedestrians can activate? Will it be a tunnel under the highway, or a walking bridge over it?

Another question is when will something be done? It doesn’t sound like it’s going to be solved soon, but we hope it would be a priority.

We’d hate to think it will take a serious accident to get things settled.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg David, Goliath at it again in Gaza Strip

    Israel has long seen itself as David, standing firm against a hostile neighborhood full of Goliaths.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • DHS must come up with future plans for NORCE, SORC facilities after they are closed

    NORCE is scheduled to close in August 2015. Currently, 15 residents remain at the facility, awaiting transfer to a private setting, and there also are 60 state employees on the NORCE payroll.

    July 24, 2014

  • Never leave a child or a pet alone in a car

    With temperatures soaring to near or above 100, parents need to know they can’t leave their children alone in a locked vehicle. In 10 minutes, a vehicle’s temperature can climb 19 degrees. A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s, and it only takes a few minutes before a child can become dangerously overheated, according to Safe Kids USA.

    July 23, 2014

  • Will Rogers web.jpg Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 7-24-2014

    I am beginning to believe that Mellon is the poorest Treasurer we ever had. I would like to be Treasurer. Here would be my policy, and you see if it wouldn’t be the best thing for America:
    Save nothing, have nothing in there. Then Congress and the entire nation could have nothing in view only what they made themselves.
    A Candidate.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg State of the state: Things are not as good as they could be

    Draper wants to split Cali up into six separate states — Silicon Valley, around the San Francisco Bay Area; Central California, including cities like Bakersfield; West California, including Los Angeles and its suburbs; South California, including San Diego; North California, centered on Sacramento and Jefferson, in the far northern part of the state.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Voters have decisions to make in August races

    Democrats will have two runoffs to decide. One will be choosing their party’s nominee for state superintendent. Freda Deskin will face John Cox. The winner will face Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister in the November general election.
    The other race is for the party nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Jim Rogers will face Connie Johnson. The winner will face Republican nominee U.S. Rep. James Lankford in November.

    July 22, 2014

  • Going postal

    Waukomis residents have the opportunity to have their voices heard in regard to the future of their post office.

    July 22, 2014 1 Story

  • New dorm

    Breaking ground on a new dormitory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid is another step in the evolution of the campus.

    July 20, 2014 1 Story

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Stars in our eyes

    We caught the vision when, in May of 1961, John F. Kennedy told Congress, and the world, that the space race was no longer to be so one-sided.
    “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” he said.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • thumbs up logo.jpg Thumbs up for northwest Okla. communities, where net taxable sales figures are up

    Net taxable sales were up $1,917,774 in Enid, when compared to sales reported in July 2013. The increase amounted to a 2.6 percent increase in sales tax revenue for the city.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads