At one of the intersections that contributes the most to the number of wrecks in Oklahoma City, new signs have been posted that are meant to improve safety for those not just traveling on four wheels but on two.
“Watch For Motorcycles,” read the signs.
The diamond-shaped yellow signs have been posted along the westbound lanes of Northwest Expressway just east of Belle Isle Boulevard, one of the worst intersections in Oklahoma City for wrecks.
With a traffic count of about 40,300 vehicles a day whizzing through the intersection, wrecks have been a problem, and the traffic count continues to rise. The intersection led the city for the highest number of wrecks last year.
In September 2012, Adam Steele, 35, the husband of an Oklahoma City police officer, was killed as he rode a motorcycle at Belle Isle Boulevard when he was struck by a driver headed west on Northwest Expressway.
The intersection has had the second most wrecks of any intersection in Oklahoma City from January 2010 through July 2013, according to data provided by the Oklahoma Transportation Department. There have been 206 accidents at the intersection in the three-year period. The intersection of eastbound Interstate 240 and eastbound Interstate 35 Service Road had 288 wrecks in the past three years.
The new signs were donated to the city by Allstate Insurance Co., and city officials decided it would be best to post them at the area of northwest Oklahoma City near Penn Square Mall and the Belle Isle Walmart store.
Stuart Chai, Oklahoma City traffic engineer, said the new signs are the first signs installed in Oklahoma City warning motorists to watch out for motorcycles.