BYNG — Speeding through the town of Byng on what was State Highway 99, a county road since last fall, is something town leaders want stopped. Really stopped. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is installing a four-way stop at the intersection of Highway 99 and the Byng to Francis Road.

ODOT is installing the stop ahead signs and the four-way stop on Wednesday, Nov. 1. “We’re going to have the county commissioners place speed limit signs to get drivers to gradually slow to 45 mph, 35 mph, and 25 mph near the intersection from both north and south,” said Kelly Lane, Byng city clerk.

“The name of Highway 99 did not change, it’s a county highway now that the new one opened up. We decided not to change the name because of all the addresses that would be affected,” said Gary Starns, county commissioner for that district.

According to studies of accidents where the highway runs through the Byng community, there are safety issues with residents turning off into their driveways, lots of rear-end crashes and high rates of speed by both passenger vehicles and big trucks. The new signs are expected to help remedy that. “We’re going to put the decreased speed limit signs up in the next two weeks. People are going to have to get used to slowing down there,” Starns said.