The 71st Street Street and Mingo Road intersection has gone from being a country intersection in the early 1980s to a major retail/restaurant area in the 2000s. Following completion of the Mingo Valley Expressway to 71st Street and widening of 71st Street to six lanes in the area in 1989, development literally exploded at this location. By 1994, most of the parcels along 71st Street were developed as well as parcels along Mingo Road on either side of 71st Street. In the 2000s, Asbury United Methodist Church (shown in the distance on the right) built a new campus on the east side of Mingo Road. Mingo Road also has been widened from 51st to 71st streets, which has improved traffic flow to the north. To the south, Mingo Road’s non-intersection portions still are two lanes, and traffic is quite heavy between 71st and 81st streets. The Union High School stadium, which has been here since the 1970s, is barely visible on the left side of Mingo Road in the distance. This view shows that the right-turn signals have been converted from the five-head tall signal to that of a "doghouse" shape. This conversion has occurred at most Tulsa intersections. Another conversion has revised the "restricted" (left only on green arrow) left turn signals to be regular traffic lights (not the square lights that only can been seen from an angle) with red, yellow and green left-turn arrows. This conversion also has occurred at all Tulsa intersections with a "restricted" left turn. Photograph taken June 2011.
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