Shortcut decision stalled until traffic study is completed

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Everybody likes a shortcut to get to a destination a little quicker, but some people in Georgetown say a shortcut through their neighborhood is a safety hazard.

The road in question is a stretch of West Majestic Oak Lane drivers use to get in and out of Sun City.

“I didn’t think it would be a big deal,” said Donald Scott’s. “I didn’t think there’d be this much traffic.”

Planned in the early 2000s but opened last year, a small section of West Majestic Oak Lane allows people to take a short cut from Sun City to Williams Drive, shaving several minutes off their trip.

Georgetown transportation officials said the traffic count on West Majestic Oak is around 1,400 cars a day, but Scott believes that number to be higher. Either way, it is above the standard for local streets.

“A lot of our people who walk in here and who jog and everything, we don’t do that anymore,” said Scott.

Neighbors in Woodland Park are now calling for an emergency gate to be installed so the road is only used when it is needed most. City officials said they are actively looking for a solution to meet the needs of both neighborhoods, but a gate isn’t likely.

“As we have a connectivity policy in our development code, we’re going to be faced with situation of ‘why don’t you do that for our neighborhood?’ as well,”  said Georgetown Transportation Services Director Ed Polesk.

Scott hopes something changes soon.

“We’re begging them. Please don’t wait until somebody gets seriously injured or, God forbid, killed out here on this road.”

The city is currently waiting on the results from a traffic study on the shortcut done by the developer of Sun City homes. The city plans on using those results when they meet with neighbors in the next month.

Georgetown has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and is in the process of updating its transportation plan to address some of the traffic and mobility issues. They plan to analyze construction, environmental and right-of-way costs. They also want to look plans that are more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly.

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