Section 8 Engineering
Policy 8-2 ADDITIONAL ACCESS REQUIREMENTS FOR SECTION LINE ROADS AND ARTERIAL STREETS WHICH HAVE LIMITED ACCESS RIGHTS
DISTRIBUTION: Mayor and City Council
All City Departments
SUBJECT: Additional access requirements for section
line roads and arterial streets which
have limited access rights.
PURPOSE: To establish a policy which will provide
for the fair and equitable consideration
of requests for ingress and egress, and which will insure the safe and effective movement of
traffic along section line roads and other arterial streets which have limited access rights. This
policy shall not apply to limited access facilities controlled by the Oklahoma Department of
BACKGROUND: Certain section line roads and arterial streets were developed
access rights to provide for a more safe and efficient flow of traffic. This is especially true
roadways that were constructed by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. These road
ways were constructed pursuant to a matching funds contract wherein the City obtained the right-of-way,
including the access rights. These rights were controlled by the Oklahoma Department
of Transportation but many of these roadways have since been transferred to the City of Lawton,
including the transfer of the title documents. As these roadways are no longer classified
State Highways, the release of a portion of these access rights may be warranted. These roads
include Quanah Parker Trailway, from NW 47th Street west to US Hwy 62, Lee Boulevard, from
SW 52nd Street west to SW 112th Street, and other locations as determined appropriate. The City
of Lawton was required to purchase all of the rights-of-way for these facilities including the
limited access rights. The fee set forth by this policy will provide partial reimbursement to
City for those costs. This policy will support development along these roadways by allowing
additional access locations and also include design controls to provide for the public safety.
1. Access to section line roads and other arterial streets as noted above shall
only be from an
approved location as indicated on the attached Exhibit A. Collector streets
shall be required at
the locations as indicated.
2. If requested by the owner/developer, the Traffic Engineer may allow access
locations to be
varied from those indicated on Exhibit A provided that:
a. The requested location does not interfere with any existing access location
or any future
access locations indicated for adjacent properties. A traffic impact analysis provided by the
owner/developer may be required in order to satisfy this provision.
b. The total number of access locations within any ¼ mile section of section
line road or
arterial street is not increased.
c. The distance from the section line road or arterial street to the first access
location on the
approach side of the intersection shall not be less than the 330 ft when measured centerline to
3. No additional median breaks will be allowed.
4. All street/driveway connections to a section line road or arterial street
shall be constructed
according to current City standards and/or as approved by the City Engineer. A
deceleration/right turn lane is required for all street and driveway connections to a section line
road or arterial street. The minimum dimensions of the right turn lane shall be as indicated on
the Right Turn Lane Detail included on Exhibit A, or as determined within an approved traffic
impact analysis provided by the owner/developer.
5. The typical section shall match the structural strength of the roadway section
include a minimum 8 P.C. concrete surface layer. All work shall be performed by the developer
6. The developer or owner desiring to construct access to a section line road
or arterial street as
noted above shall pay a fee amount of $10,000 per street or driveway location and shall provide
all the documentation required for release of that portion of the limited access right. The amount
of limited access right to be released shall be only that amount required to accommodate a new
roadway or driveway constructed to meet Lawton city code.
7. All existing or newly created parcels, lots, or blocks must have direct access
to either an
existing access point or an access location created through this policy, or a public frontage road
or other public street must be provided.
RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT: Public Works
EFFECTIVE/RECISSION DATE: This Council Policy
shall remain in effect until such
time as a new policy is adopted.
John P. Purcell, Jr.
July 24, 2007
(CP 8-2, Added, 07/24/2007)