Intersection on Memorial hard on drivers

Posted at 11:56 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 00:56:31-04

Drivers are forced to either hop a curb or go into another lane, to make the turn at 33rd and South Memorial and it's putting riders' safety at risk.
There are absolutely no markings on the road to show drivers where to go.
Nate Carlis has been a bus driver with Tulsa Public Schools for 12 years.

But, he and other TPS drivers who pass through 33rd and Memorial, have had it with the congestion.
25 TPS buses pass through this intersection each day.

Combined with five city bus routes that pass through a combined 165 times a day.

The problem comes when a bus is trying to turn right off of Memorial, onto 33rd, with another vehicle waiting to turn left.

And, without striping on the road - it's a guessing game of where to be, to safely allow everyone through.
"I have to either go across the curb or wait till the light changes," Carlis said. "And the ones that are making a left turn go through."

Carlis he prefers to wait - despite a green light - until the other direction clears.

Others roll over the curb, which has obvious wear and tear.

And some veer into the left lane of Memorial, before turning right onto 33rd Street.

The intersection also has a crosswalk that is unmarked.
In January, 2 Works for You reached out to the City of Tulsa to get an update on re-striping the intersection and requested an interview with the traffic engineer.

In a voicemail, the city's communications department explained that money from the Vision 2025 extension would be used for re-striping roads, starting downtown.
"I can tell you that the 33rd and Memorial intersection is on the schedule to be re-striped," City of Tulsa employee Lara Weber said. "The same contractor that's doing downtown re-striping is going to go do that one."

Busloads of people are trying to stay out of harm's way.

Buses will have to "Duke it out" until the end of the school year.

The city's communications officer said the 33rd and Memorial intersection is scheduled to be re-striped by the end of summer.

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