A sharp increase in traffic accidents at one of Oklahoma City's busiest intersections in 2011 has returned to normal levels after a construction project there was finished, records show.
Data released by Oklahoma Department of Transportation shows collisions spiked from 85 in 2010 to 158 in 2011 after construction started that June on a new ramp in the northwest quadrant of the Interstate 44/Interstate 235/Broadway Extension intersection.
Collisions there stayed steady at 124 in 2012 and began to taper off when the project was completed in September.
So far, only 14 accidents have been reported for that intersection this year, according to a department spokesman.
Construction on a similar ramp project, albeit significantly smaller, is expected to begin in the southwest quadrant of the intersection in May.
Zeke Campfield, Staff Writer