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Miami City Council Considers Removing Several Of It's City Stop Lights

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 Several stop lights in Miami, Oklahoma are unnecessary, according to a traffic light study by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. And now the Miami City Council is considering removing some of those lights permanently.
  
"It's constantly busy, semi-trailers go through this intersection daily…it's shocking."
 
Mark Carrico  lives on the corner of A Street SE and Steve Owens Boulevard in Miami, Oklahoma. Carrico says he can't believe the city is considering removing this stop light and several others in town.
  
"These light's really need to be here, I've seen multiple accidents at this intersection," Carrico said.
 
But not according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. O-DOT recently performed a traffic light study in town and found not only this stop light, but that three others weren't necessary. Those are the lights on Steve Owens, crossing at A SW, Main and A SE; as well as the one at Main Street and 5th in town.
  
"If we don't need a light, and traffic control and traffic control signs will create the same level of public safety, really there is no sense continuing with the lights," said Miami City Manager Jeff Bishop.  

Bishop said that the traffic lights were more warranted back in the 1980's when the Goodrich Factory was still open and more Semi-Trucks and commuters came to Miami.

Bishop says now that O-DOT has deemed these stoplights to be unnecessary, it is the City that will be responsible if the light stop working. And with a replacement cost of about $200,000 dollars, Bishop says it's likely Miami would keep the old stop light and save them for parts. Though before any decision is made the council wants to hear from the public.  

"I think it's crazy, myself, I think they've already taken out too many stop lights," said Commerce Resident Anna Koski.  

"I think it would be good to do away, because there are too many in a row," said Miami Resident Jodi Harvey. 

The city says it will keep the light at Main and Steve Owens regardless, but will be opening up time at next week's City Council meeting to hear how the public feels about losing the rest.  

The city says it is also looking into removing two more lights from "D street" as well.

For a link to the Miami City Council's Agenda, click here

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