LAWTON, Okla._A plan to try and keep people from risking their lives by walking across I-44 south of Gore Boulevard moved forward Tuesday night at Lawton City Hall. Councilman Keith Jackson put the topic back on the council's agenda following the death of a man who was hit by a pickup on the turnpike Thanksgiving night. Jackson pointed out that this area of I-44 is the only stretch throughout the state without a fence to keep people out.
The proposal drew plenty of debate, including comments from Councilman Jay Burk who pushed for a separate walkway, saying a fence wouldn't stop people from climbing it and trying to cross the highway.
"It's the same thing that fires me up because the rest of the city can get out we just can't," said Burk. "Our deal is we have a lot of people that like to bike up and down Gore Boulevard, and it's dangerous."
The council ultimately voted on a motion that would allow the city manager to approach the state Department of Transportation about the project, since they would be doing the work. The motion to put up a chain link fence on both sides of the interstate passed on a 5-3 vote, with Burk, Rosemary Bellino-Hall, and Doug Wells casting the dissenting votes.