Drivers who routinely take 183A in Leander will notice several new traffic lights at the intersection of Hero Way.
For the past few weeks, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) has been monitoring the intersection to determine if a traffic signal is needed.
During the study, a traffic fatality occurred at the intersection on Jan. 10.
According to Leander police, a driver in Dodge pickup truck was traveling westbound on Hero Way when it failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign to a Chevrolet pickup that was traveling southbound on the 183A frontage road. The passenger in the Dodge pickup, 79-year-old Ruth Luka, died in the crash.
At the time of the crash, there were flashing LED lights warning motorists driving along Hero Way that cross traffic did not stop on the 183 frontage roads.
With the study complete, the CTRMA has determined the conditions at the intersection now allow for a four-way traffic signal.
“Safety is always our primary concern at the Mobility Authority,” said Mobility Authority board member David Singleton of Williamson County. “We are pleased that we will now be able to proceed with the installation of a new traffic signal that will help prevent accidents in the future.”
While the poles and lights have been installed, the lights will have to be tested before they are activated in the next few weeks.