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Warrior Road will soon see changes in Glenpool as the city looks to improve traffic and safety

Posted at 11:48 AM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 12:48:12-04

GLENPOOL, Okla. -- About 1400 cars drive across Warrior Road every day.

It's the only point of access to all three schools in the district. After a sales tax passed for infrastructure changes, Glenpool is preparing to widen and revitalize the area.

"Sometimes it will take ten minutes just to get him to the door that he has to get to, and then sometimes it makes me late for work waiting for the traffic. The guards kind of help but some days it's bad," Glenpool Elementary parent Keshia Laurence said.

Some parents said the traffic backs up close to a mile, and many park farther away and walk to avoid the chaos.

"There are always cars zipping in and out. Especially if it gets backed up, cars swerve around you to be able to keep going, instead of just waiting because they're in a hurry, or late, or whatever," Glenpool Elementary parent Nicole Scott said.

The road originally belonged to the district. Now they're turning to the city for help. Engineers are developing a plan, and construction is expected to take place over the next two summers.

In the meantime, schools won't have to dedicate dollars to road maintenance.

"Get this out of their hands, let them focus their dollars where it needs to be... on infrastructure and textbooks and whatever else they need to be dealing with to make sure teachers can educate these kids in the way we all hope they can," city manager David Tillotson said.

The biggest goal is safety. Some parents said they witness near accidents at least once a month.

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