AUSTIN (KXAN) — From his office at Terry Davison Auto Imports, Chris Davison has a front row seat for traffic issues on RM 2222 and he has seen enough crashes to wonder when change is coming.
“It is pretty regular. It is not anyone’s surprise when EMS rushes out here with fire trucks,” said Davison. Just across the lot, a downed street sign is evidence he points to as proof the road has become too fast and too confusing. He said the sign was knocked down by a driver making a left turn off 2222 into a divided driveway with designated entry and exits.
“People go to make a left and they stop in the middle of the road because they are confused.”
Davison’s office sits just a few miles west from where two deadly crashes have occurred in the last week. Although he has seen crashes on the road before, the fatal accident on Monday morning stopped him in his tracks once he heard.
“The first thing I did was call my wife because she drives down 2222 for work,” he said.
Traffic lights on 2222 are maintained by the City of Austin, but all pavement, markings, and signage issues fall under the responsibility of the Texas Department of Transportation.
TxDOT said a 2011 safety study approved by the City of Austin led to reductions in the speed limit from 60 mph to 50 mph in the stretch where the fatalities occurred. In 2012-13, RM 2222 between Riverplace Drive and Loop 360 was repaved to help with water drainage. Crash data is also examined to determine what can make highways safer according to TxDOT.
Intersection improvements at 2222 and McNeil are also planned and include dual left turn lanes. The project is expected to start in the summer and be completed in the fall.