Despite protests from residents and nearby CMI Corp., the council approved Williams Travel Center's application to rezone the only open corner at the intersection. The application had been rejected by the Oklahoma City Planning Commission, despite the fact that the city's master plan had already deemed the area appropriate for industrial and commercial use.
Nearby residents told the City Council that they are afraid of increased crime and traffic problems, reports the Daily Oklahoman. "The trucks and truckers have conquered this intersection," said attorney Eric Groves, representing the protesters at the meeting.
Williams Travel Centers has offered to help fight traffic problems by paying $150,000 toward a new traffic signal. Trucks already make up more than 30% of the traffic at the interchange.