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Construction Causing Confusion For Some On Council Rd.

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One man calls the intersection dangerous and says he was ticketed for not obeying a sign he says construction cones were blocking. One man calls the intersection dangerous and says he was ticketed for not obeying a sign he says construction cones were blocking.
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A busy Oklahoma City intersection under construction is causing confusion for some drivers at Northwest Expressway and Council Road.

One man calls the intersection dangerous and says he was ticketed for not obeying a sign he says construction cones were blocking.

This is just one of many construction projects the city is working on. The issue some drivers are having is making a left turn onto NW Expressway. While there is a construction sign on the street that indicates ‘No Left Turn,' many drivers are blowing passed it.

Construction has been underway on Council Road near Northwest Expressway since late 2013. It's a resurfacing project to make the road smoother, but the commute for some drivers has been far from smooth.

"In the meantime, parts have been blocked off, and traffic is having a very hard time negotiating," says driver Michael Nauman.

Nauman says he thought it was fine making a left as he normally does onto Northwest Expressway because he says he didn't see anything telling him otherwise.

"I ran through that on Monday and didn't see it because there were cones in front of it, and I got cited for making that left turn," said Nauman, who plans to fight the citation.

And he's not the only one. Many drivers are going right passed the "No Left Turn" sign.

"Every day it's been a different scene out here with that sign, that no left turn sign is either blocked, and yesterday, in fact it was turned around 180 degrees."

"A fire truck attempted to pull right, and they had to get out with their lights and sirens going just to clear the barricade so they could make it through to their call," said Nauman, who has taken multiple pictures and videos of the intersection.

Oklahoma City Public Works Director Eric Wenger says the city could not shut down the road during construction because it's just too busy with more than 16,000 drivers daily.

"The cones and the traffic control are really there for the protection of the workers, but also to make the best possible passage for the vehicles to still get through while work is underway," Wenger said.

"We know that it's inconvenient, but we appreciate the citizen's patience and the drivers' patience as we get the work completed."

Wenger says construction has been delayed a bit due to bad weather last month, but the city expects to the work completed by late February or early March.

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