When the “new” State Highway 9 was constructed on Norman’s southeastern side, the traffic was light and mostly bound for or coming from Lake Thunderbird. Few housing additions existed south or north of the new highway.

But with the residential and commercial development along the highway comes pedestrians and cyclists. A city-state project that should begin next month will make the roadway safer.

The project puts bicycle and pedestrian crossings at eight intersections between 24th Avenue Southeast and 24th Avenue Southwest. It’s a $500,000 project that came through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments.

Motorists who use Highway 9 should prepare for construction over the next few months. ODOT will overlay parts of the highway during the construction.

The number of accidents along SH9 seems to have declined in recent years. Construction of some turn lanes and shoulders has helped. An increase in patroling by both Norman police, highway patrol and sheriff’s deputies has kept the speed down.

The ACOG grant should make the corridor even safer for pedestrians and cyclists who cross the highway.

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