On June 8 we are making a change to the traffic signal cycling on Squirrel Road at Cross Creek. For many years (since the area was developed, actually) the signal at Cross Creek and Squirrel has only cycled in the morning from 7 am to 9 am and afternoon rush hour 3 pm to 6 pm.
We looked at the number of crashes over a 5 year period and there were 34 with the largest number of crashes last year. And the largest number occurred during the daytime.
We also looked at the number of changes in the area that will have the net effect of creating additional traffic: OU’s new entrance at Library Drive and new development along Cross Creek.
So we decided now is the right time. The light will begin to cycle beginning at 7 am all day through 9 pm during the weekdays. At all other times it will flash yellow for Squirrel Road and red for Cross Creek. We will keep an eye on the impacts of that and adjust as needed. We thought it might be an easier change if we do it now when traffic is a little lighter in the summer rather than wait until it is at its heaviest like when OU’s fall semester begins.
Don’t worry – you won’t find us hiding in the area to write you a ticket, that is not our goal — we do think the change will ultimately be safer and manage the traffic flow better. In any case, I’m expecting that you watch every signal and drive in reaction to the signal’s directions. Stop when it is red for example.
Let us know if you have a comment about it once it gets going.