Officials in Leander take action on dangerous intersection

Stop Light

AUSTIN (KXAN) – New safety measures are coming to a Leander intersection some drivers say is dangerous.

Chelsea Smith lives near the intersection of 183 and Hero Way and often rides her bicycle through the area.

“People really don’t look when they’re turning right on the highway,” she said, “and for cyclists, it can be dangerous when you’re trying to get on the parkway.”

Not only dangerous, but deadly.

Earlier this month, 79-year-old Ruth C. Luka of Liberty Hill died at the intersection after investigators say the driver of the car she was in failed to stop at  a stop sign.

Since this intersection was built less than two years ago, there have been a total of 51 crashes.

“It doesn’t surprise me no,” Smith said. “It seems every time I go through here there’s either fresh glass or an accident.”

Officials with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority agree more needed to be done. That’s why a traffic light is being installed.

“We’ve installed signs alerting people cross traffic doesn’t stop,” said Rick L ‘Amie. “When accidents continued, we added lighted signs flashing to warn people to be cautious when coming through the intersection.”

There are now two possibilities for traffic signals at the intersection. It will either be a stop light or a flashing signal.

The new traffic signal is expected to be up and running in about three months.

The Central Texas Regional Mobile Authority also announced it is looking into a project to manage traffic along that same stretch of road. With the Texas Department of Transportation, it will host an open house to gather public input on the 183 North Mobility project on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The project aims to improve transit reliability and emergency response times on the highway, and it will look into options for connecting mobility improvements on US 183 North to the MoPac corridor by examining the section of MoPac between US 183 and RM 2222 as well.

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