Georgetown traffic signal has parents and students feeling safer

GEORGETOWN (KXAN) — A new traffic signal has made it safer for parents getting their kids to and from school. Not only that, the light now up at Shell Road and Bellaire Drive has cut down on how long they are waiting.

Crystal Kruse was thrilled to see a traffic signal finally installed at what she use to call a dangerous intersection.

“When the police officers had time to go out there and direct traffic it was fine. When they weren’t there it was a disaster,” said Kruse, who has kids in kindergarten and 2nd grade at McCoy Elementary School. “It makes it safer. (Not having the light required) a lot of police resources in an area where they didn’t necessarily need to be if there had been a light. It’s definitely been helpful to us.”

For the last two years parents struggled to turn off Bellaire Drive due to busy traffic on Shell Road. Some said the line would back up all the way down the street, which was not only frustrating for parents but also neighbors who drive in and out the same way.

“At least you’re safe coming in and out because it was really getting tough,” said Chris Mitchell. “You really had to floor it to get out sometimes.”

As the first week of school comes to an end, parents are grateful they can turn out of the street a lot faster, and more safely. The city also plans to look at the speed limit on Shell Road to see if it should be lowered. Right now it is set at 50 miles per hour.

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