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Ramona - A new Wal-Mart distribution center north of Tulsa will mean jobs and growth for the city of Ramona. But, not everyone in the town of 560 is excited about the new center. NewsChannel 8's Keith Taylor spoke with concerned citizens who think the center could come at a price.
Completion of Wal-Mart's new distribution center is still months away. But, three miles south, they're already feeling pressure from an increase in traffic.
"At least seven hundred trucks a day coming in and seven hundred going out," says Mayor Robert Fiddler. "You can imagine what this highway is going to be like. We're going to get more people killed, sure as the world."
To date, almost ten people have died at the intersection on Highway 75, which divides the city of Ramona. Several months ago, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation responded and installed warning lights. But, the accidents have continued.
"They just don't pay any attention to them," says Rex Carter. "They keep going about 75 to 80 miles per hour. I've seen some pretty close calls out there."
"I know they've got caution lights up, but they could do more," adds Sherri Sauret. "Somebody said maybe put a red light there. It would slow people down."
But, until that day comes, Mayor Fiddler will continue to petition the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Governor Brad Henry's office.
"Somebody's going to get killed," Fiddler says. "And brother, I don't want to see one of those school buses with kids get hit."
Governor Henry's office told Mayor Fiddler that his letter had been forwarded to ODOT for review.