This is really an appeal to the citizens of Mayes County that use North Elliott Street (Clayton Road).
Our neighborhood went over 20 years without having the road repaired. We didn’t complain much about the flooding after every rain, nor did we complain about the potholes that could swallow Volkswagens, because these things slowed traffic in our neighborhood.
Our road has finally been upgraded, complete with yellow stripes. The posted speed as you round the corner is 35 mph. The average speed before the street repair was about 45 mph. Now when people get to the corner heading east, they begin acceleration, often hitting speeds of 55 to 65 as they are heading out of town.
We have asked the police department to please increase patrol, we asked the street department for more visible speed limit signs, we’ve offered suggestions to Mayor Tramel and at least two city councilmen on how traffic could be slowed. No one has responded. No one seems to care.
The is our neighborhood. We have children who play in the yard and occasionally run into the street. We walk our dogs, ride our bikes and take evening walks. We’re sad that we have to hit the ditch every time a speeding vehicle comes by, constantly worrying about our kids and pets.
Since nothing else has worked, we are asking motorists to please slow down. Clayton Road is not an interstate, although it does resemble one now. The speed limit is 35 mph until you get to the city limits going east. Please slow down.
Clayton Road resident
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